José

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19-year-old José lives in one of the most violent and poorest countries in the world – Guatemala. He lives with his mother, who devotes all her time to the church. José meets up with strangers through dating apps and has casual sex. He is gay, which is far from simple in a conservative society where religion and traditional masculine values are foremost. One day, he meets Luis, and his life is turned upside by passion and attraction, torn between love and duty.

 

Director Li Cheng interviewed numerous marginalised youths in Latin America prior to working with José. The film uses non-professional actors, and that, along with the visual expression of the film, provides a realistic expression that highlights its authentic treatment of an under-communicated, important topic. José won the Queer Lion award during the Venice Film Festival in 2018.

 

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