José

José

The film that received the Queer Lion in the last Venice Film Festival is introduced as a “simple story about love.” Yet nothing is really simple in Guatemala city, a capital that sinks due to overpopulation, violence, and poverty. José is 19 years old, he lives with his mother and spends his money on rent-by-the-hour hotel rooms, where he gets physical with the boys he meets everyday through a mobile app. Things will change when he falls in love with Luis, a construction worker that dreams of another life and challenges José with an important dilemma. Shot exclusively with locals that had no prior experience in acting and faithful to the neo-realist tradition, the film is the fruit of the director’s long research on 12 Latin American countries, and the extensive interviews with the local youth.
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Direction: Li Cheng
Script: Li Cheng
Cinematography: Paolo Giron
Editing: Lenz Claure
Sound: Omar Juarez, Jacob Jimenez
Music: Yao Chen
Actors: Enrique Salanic, Manolo Herrera, Ana Cecilia Mota, Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez, Esteban Lopez Ramirez, Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido, Juan Andres Molina Cardona, Alba Irene Lemus
Production: YQ Studio
Producer/Producers: George F. Roberson,
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Guatemala
Production Year: 2018
Duration: 85'
World Sales: YQ Studio, yqstudiollc@gmail.com
Awards/Distinctions: Queer Lion-Venice Film Festival (2018)

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