Kings of the World

Kings of the World, Foto by iCE UK
Kings of the World
  • event type:WOMEX 16 Film Screening
  • date:20 Oct 2016
  • time:11:45
  • city/area:Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Film Room, Level 0, Building 1, Cidade da Cultura
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Directed by Natalia Tsarkova
Contact: Natalia Tsarkova

UK/Germany/France, 2015 - Produced by iCE UK, ARTE/ZDF, Albatros Films - Producer Etienne Mirlesse - Director of Photography Amar Arhab - Sound Clement Trahard - Editor Natalia Tsarkova - World Sales iCE UK, Monster Distribution - Language French with English subtitles - Duration 52`

Kings of the World is an intimate musical portrait of a reclusive gypsy community in the South of France, which has produced world-famous musicians, yet remains largely unknown to the outside world. The film tells the story of three families, linked through ties of blood and music: the Reyes (famous as the Gipsy Kings), the Balliardo (descendants of Manitas de Plata), and their cousins the Regis (reclusive adepts of flamenco puro).

While following the intertwining stories of its gypsy protagonists, the film turns to the common threads that tie together this entire community: the nostalgia of the caravans, the obsession with old-fashioned values, the disappearance of family ties, the seeming indifference to fame and fortune, and the ever-present musical transmission which starts right after birth.

Natalia Tsarkova, the director, will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.