El Gran Gato (2003)

Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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With a number of feature films under his belt, Catalan director Ventura Pons returns to the documentary format -- his first since his 1978 directorial debut, Ocana, an Intermittent Portrait -- with this tribute to the Argentinian-born Barcelona rhumba musician Javier Patricio "Gato" Perez entitled El Gran Gato (The Great Gato). A shooting star in Barcelona-based music, Perez was equal parts musical visionary and societal outsider, quickly rising to musical greatness before his life was cut short in 1990 at the age of 40. While touching on Perez's biographical information, Pons also features the music the multi-talented musician created, as interpreted by a number of current popular Spanish genre musicians including Ojos de Brujo, Benjamin Escoriza, Maria del Mar Bonet, and Luis Eduardo Aute.