Showed at Images 6/19/2020–7/2/2020

Starring: Enrique Salanic, Ana Cecilia Mota, Manolo Herrera

Click here to watch José. $11.99 for a 2-day rental.

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Queer Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival
In Spanish with English subtitles

José lives with his mother 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, 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.

"The satisfactions of José 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." —

  • Director: Li Cheng
  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

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