I Die Of Sadness Crying For You


World Premiere BFI London Film Festival, 5th and 11th October 2019

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Me ha encantado, de verdad. Me ha emocionado mucho, pero yo claro la veo desde “dentro”, no sé cómo se entenderá desde “fuera”. Me ha encantado ver a tu madre, que mujer… Me encanta que habléis en inglés y que luego ella se arranque por coplas. Eso le da una riqueza impresionante a la “canción española”.  El ensayo en si, las palabras, tu voz y tus reflexiones me encantan de verdad, y me emocionan – es tu reflexión es perfecta y es tuya. ~Mercedes Carbayo Abengozar


I love the way it follows your interest in the female voice, the embodiment of emotion and the way you communicated through a text weaving memory, observation, theory and the lyrics in addition to giving space to those wonderful performers. ~Althea Greenan


What a terrific work about this form of song. Powerful emotions, powerful women and voices that speak from the margins of respectability. ~Catherine Elwes



UK, June 2019

Duration: 70 minutes

Format: Digital (16:9)

Sound: Stereo LT RT 25fps

Language: English narration. Spanish songs translated

Colour and Black and White


I Die of Sadness Crying for You continues Nina Danino’s affinity with vocal performance since she used the lament of the saeta in Stabat Mater (1990) and in her film soundtracks with experimental vocals and singers (see About). In I Die of Sadness Crying For You Nina Danino shares her personal experience  – revisiting copla as a performance of women’s sorrow. Those who sing copla have the ability to communicate emotion and to interpret the feelings of the songs.  In this film, she looks for ‘the women of copla’ through her journey to the south. Copla can shed light on the societal roles for women and she presents the idea of the womanly-Woman – a figure of the 50s. She refers to Simone de Beauvoir’s essay The Lolita Syndrome (1960)  to imagine the ‘woman of copla’ – a figure who owns her emotions and is full of human expression.  The film sets out to look for the women of copla – who perhaps never existed – except as projections. In the film, copla emerges from a wider territory of Latin American and British-American music. However, she takes us deeper into copla because it resonates in her memory through its powerful expression of sorrow and its theatre of tears about women’s ostracisation and unrequited love. 

This essay film centres on performances by the diva of copla Marifé de Triana whilst not being a documentary about her or the genre. The film draws on Nina Danino’s research over a period of seven years. I Die of Sadness Crying For You includes footage from television performances from the 70s to the 90s including appearances by artists such as Marifé de Triana and Lola Flores. The film also revisits moments from 40s and 50s black and white Spanish cinema. The archive footage brings this genre to life and is combined with newly shot footage which gives copla its actuality today, including private recordings with her mother, audio with the new singer of copla Maricarmen Molina and a performance by singer Yolanda Figueroa in a copla club.

The film in its journey takes us to the lyrical places where the women of copla can be found;  the cinema, the port, cabarets, praying to the crucifixes in their bedrooms. The film weaves several strands,  her journey to the south, the search of locations for her film The Far South  –  looking for the film, looking not just for the women of copla –  the singers – but the women characters within the songs, who defy, challenge, cry, perform happiness and who themselves perform sorrow.

Nina Danino synthesises this powerful and passionate material into an essay film with a narration spoken in a quiet and reflective way.



“A personal essay film on copla – the performance of sorrow!”


“A passionate film about a passionate subject.”


“A beautifully introverted work from an extrovert form.”


“It shines a light into Copla and elevates it beyond the clichéd idea of it to what it actually is.”


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Photo: Sergio Mediavilla



Written and Narrated by Nina Danino
Featuring performances by Marifé de Triana
and live performances by Yolanda Figueroa, Elena Danino
World Premiere: 2019
Production: Temporal Films
Online : Ellie Stiles  Colourist: Alex Seery
Editing: Juan Soto, John Veal
Sound Mix: Michael Koderisch
Graphic Design: Adrian Curry
Produced and Directed by Nina Danino
2019 © Temporal Films


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