Chavela captures the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela ran away to Mexico City to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she became a household name in Mexico, delivering her performances with passion. Chavela, the film, focuses on a 1991 interview--the singer's first public appearance after 15 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak. In the final years of her life, Chavela openly comes out as a lesbian and rises into her momentous third act, becoming a muse to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, earning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and selling out performances at prestigious concert halls around the world.