NEW YORK — Frida Kahlo’s presence was everywhere on Sept. 24 — the artist’s work looked upon guests at el Museo Del Barrio, site of the Gotham preem of biopic “Frida.”
Producer and star Salma Hayek realized a longtime dream with the film: “I was in love with this extraordinary woman since the age of 14. I had been researching this character for seven years and trying to get the script’s rights. By the time they greenlit the film, I felt like one of those horses at the gate; I was so ready to take off.”
Helmer Julie Taymor is uncertain about the film’s commercial prospects.
“We don’t know if this film will be commercial,” she said. “We believe it will be because it’s from the heart and its accessible.”
Amy Slotnick, Miramax VP of production, said she hopes Kahlo’s status as a “huge pop culture icon” will help bring in audiences. But she admitted that “a movie about a Latin female artist who was crippled, had one eyebrow, a mustache and is bisexual, is definitely not mainstream.”
Among those enjoying the festive, Mexican-themed celebration were the pic’s Omar Rodriguez and Karen Plaudat-Bageot; Miramax topper Harvey Weinstein; producer Sarah Green, pic’s composer Elliot Goldenthal, Kahlo biographer Haden Herrera and guests Rosie Perez, Narciso Rodriguez and Kate Young.