What happened in Tiananmen Square in the spring of 1989? Why did the university students decide to protest? What and who were they protesting against? Why did the government allow them to occupy the centre of Beijing for almost two months? How much responsibility did the government have in the repression? What role did the army play? Were the Communist Party's senior officials for or against the students' demands? Why were the 10,000 deaths reported by an American news channel considered correct for so many years? What have we learned from Tiananmen?
How artists lived under the Franco regime, the Chinese student revolt which unravelled into the tragic events in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin wall and classical music's place in contemporary society are but a few of the focal points of Leonora Milà: The Intuitively Talented. This documentary zooms in on the artistic career and life of Leonora Milà, a vastly talented pianist and composer who performed in the Palau de la Música Catalana at the age of six and London's Royal Albert Hall at thirteen. Milà is also remembered as becoming the first Spanish artist to perform in the People's Republic of China, in 1979, and the first female composer to premiere a ballet in St Petersburg, in 1994; a work based on the 15th century chivalric romance Tirant lo Blanc.
Love, war, erotica, hatred and passion are the basic ingredients of this ballet inspired by the 15th century chivalric novel Tirant lo Blanc. The composer Leonora Milà and the Russian dancer and choreographer Iuri Petukhov are co-authors of the spectacular production which had its première in Saint Petersburg and was filmed by the cinema director Antoni Ribas. The work of the St. Petersburg State Ballet company earned the praise of critics and audience alike for their fine performance of the Tirant lo Blanc. Thanks to this success they performed during five consecutive years at the Mussorgsky Theatre and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona as well. Now you will have the opportunity to enjoy a magnificent performance of this ballet again, thanks to a fully-restored DVD copy released for the first time.