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Biopic about 'Mexican Madonna' Gloria Trevi to open LA's Hola Mexico Film Festival

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Director Christian Keller on Trevi's impact on Latin music, how he got the rights to her story and how Trevi reclaimed her fame after a 5-year stint in prison.

Singer Gloria Trevi was once the top pop star in Mexico and much of Latin America. In fact, many refer to her as the "Mexican Madonna."

From the late 1980s until 2000, she sold more than 20 million records, and performed in sold-out arenas and stadiums. But then she and her manager, Sergio Andrade, were arrested on charges that they operated a sex ring that involved minors.

She was acquitted of all charges, but not before spending almost five years in prison.

Trevi’s story has now been turned into a feature film, "Gloria," directed by Christian Keller. The film debuted at this year's SXSW festival and will make its L.A. debut at the Hola Mexico Film Festival, beginning on May 8 and ending on May 16. 

Keller recently stopped by The Frame studio to talk about Trevi's impact on Latin music, how he got the rights to her story and how Trevi reclaimed her fame after her stint in prison. 

'Gloria' will screen at the Regal Theater in DTLA at 7:00 p.m. on Friday May 8. 

(Listen to the audio above to hear the interview)

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