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FILM OPENS: February 14, 2020

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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: 01:25:00
  • imdb Score: 6.3/10 (194 votes)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Enrique Salanic, Manolo Herrera, Ana Cecilia Mota
"Winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the Guatemalan drama JOSE is an astute look at male sexuality in a culture that's infused with machismo. "
Rich Cline - GAY ESSENTIAL

"[A]chingly beautiful. Audiences feel every emotion as the lens...captures the grittiness of Guatemala City, the sweat of the men's bodies and the palpable sense of despair.... A rich, involving film, JOSE is not to be missed. "
Gary M. Kramer - PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS

"Confident visual sense…a sensitive portrait [with a] depth of feeling."
David Rooney - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

AWARDS

Venice Film Festival 2018
Queer Lion

Nantes Three Continents Festival 2018
Best Film

KASHISH Mumbai Int'l Queer Film Festival 2019
Best Screenplay and Narrative

Kaleidoscope LGBT Festival 2019
Best Artistic Achievement

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2019
Best Film

Bratislava Int'l Film Festival 2018
Special Mentioln of the Jury

Boston LGBT Film Festival 2019
Best Film

FESTIVALS

São Paulo Int'l Film Festival 2018

Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival 2018

Festival du Cinéma Ibérique et Latino 2019

Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival 2019

Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2019

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2019

Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival 2019

Int'l Film Festival of Panama 2019

The Tel Aviv Int'al LGBT Film Festival 2019

Mumbai Int'l Queer Film Festiva 2019

Los Angeles Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2019

Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2019

Tampa Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2019

Portland Queer Film Festival 2019

Hamburg Int'l Queer Film Festival 20149

and more...