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FILM OPENS: February 14, 2020

  1. Official Website
  2. Trailer

Special Q&A with Filmmaker on Saturday
JOSE's Director Li Cheng will be holding Q&A sessions after the 5:20 and the 7:30 shows on Saturday 2/15

José (magnetic newcomer Enrique Salanic) lives with his mother (Ana Cecilia Mota) in Guatemala City, where they survive on her selling sandwiches at bus stops and with him working at a local restaurant. It is a poor and sometimes dangerous country where, dominated by conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian religion, living one’s life as an openly gay man is hard for José to imagine. His mother has never had a husband, and as her youngest and favorite child, though at the edge of manhood at 19-years old, she is determined to hold on to him. Reserved and private, José fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex with other men arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets attractive and gentle Luis (Manolo Herrera), a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected relationship with more emotion than José has ever felt. He is thrust into new passion and pain, and self-reflection, that push him to rethink his life even as he is reluctant to take a leap of faith.

  • Director: Li Cheng
  • Country: Gautemala
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2020
  • Run Time: 01:26:00
  • imdb Score: 6.4/10 (232 votes)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Enrique Salanic, Manolo Herrera, Ana Cecilia Mota
"Precisely written and deliberately shot, JOSE, a Guatemala-set LGBTQ character examination from Chinese-born director Li Cheng, is a movie preoccupied with the private tragedy of unfulfilled impulses and aspirations as a result of widespread homophobia and emotional blackmail."
Carlos Aguilar - THEWRAP

"The satisfactions of JOSE as a whole offers are considerable, and they begin with the human element. Like the Italian neorealist classics from which it descends, the film has a keen appreciation for the lives of people who maintain a stubborn dignity and resolve under the challenges of poverty and other hardships."
Godfrey Cheshire - ROGEREBERT.COM

"Confident visual sense…a sensitive portrait [with a] depth of feeling."


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