Calendar of Events

July 16, 2019

WRESTLING GHOSTS

Start: July 16, 2019 7:00 PM
End: July 16, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

Directed by Ana Sofia Joanes
93 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film discussion TBA.

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July 14, 2019

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH

Start: July 14, 2019 6:30 PM
End: July 14, 2019 6:30 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by David Charles Rodrigues
100 min | 2019 | USA

In the wake of rising hostility towards LGBTQ people during the aftermath of the 2016 election,The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on their Lavender Pen tour through The Deep South.

The film raises a very important question: Why would they go on a tour like this anyway? What’s the point of entering the proverbial Lion’s Den, after already escaping the lions? Many of the singers in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are transplants from the Deep South and are unsure why they should return to the communities that ostracized and ridiculed them in their younger years. Amidst doubt about the good it will do, they head to American south to sing a program of spiritual and gospel music.

The crew of Gay Chorus Deep South capture experiences at the intersection of faith, politics and history of queer oppression and what shape they take in 2019. Whether it’s by reassessing family relationships, bolstering activists in the middle of a firefight, providing an example to a newer generation of LGBTQ+ kids, or just puttin’ on a dang good show, Gay Chorus Deep South demonstrates that in order to overcome oppresion in this country, it isn’t enough to listen to one another: We must also stand up and sing with the expectation we’ll be heard.
– Timothy Morrise

Winner: Audience Award–2019 Tribeca Film Festival

AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER (Croce e delizia)

Start: July 14, 2019 3:45 PM
End: July 14, 2019 3:45 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Simone Godano
101 min | 2019 | Italy
Presented in Italian with English subtitles.
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca

Two very different families spend their holidays in the same house at the seaside: the aristocratic Castelvecchios, open-minded, eccentric, but quite selfish, and the working-class Petagnas, very tight-knit, and united around solid conservative values. What brought such distant worlds together? Only the secret love of Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families. It’s hard to find well-made queer movies that have a good plot, as well, as convincing character development, and good acting, let alone a GAY ROM COM starring two middle-aged men! As the familes collide, the individual quirks and passions come to a fever pitch, weaving class, queer idenity, and family dynamics into a delightful mess.
– Felipe Zurita

Official Selection: 2019 Seattle International Film Festival

THE HANDMAIDEN (Ah-ga-ssi)

Start: July 14, 2019 3:45 PM
End: July 14, 2019 3:45 PM
Venue: Black Box Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Chan-wook Park
145 min | 2016 | South Korea
Presented in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles.
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho

– Selected by the 2019 Damn These Heels Guest Programmer, Jordan Blok –

Most lesbian revenge thrillers fall into tell-tale common traps when written by men—objectification, trivialization, unnecessary graphic abuse, the famous “kill your gays’ trope—and though Park Chan-Wook’s take is not perfect, it is one of the best, most powerful renditions on the theme I’ve seen. In the film, Sook-Hee (played by Tae-Ri Kim) comes into the employ of Lady Hikeo (played by Min-Hee Kim) in what starts as a ploy to get her valuables, but turns into much more, and gradually turns builds into a tangled web of a thriller that is artfully spun. What makes this film shine is its ability to depict lesbian sex without making it overly sexualized; assault and abuse against women without making it graphic; and queer love with nuance, agency and heart. Despite the dire need for more queer directors depicting queer stories, Park-Chan Wook’s film is a striking example of a cishet director getting it right.
– Jordan Blok, Guest Programmer

Winner: Best Film Not in the English Language–2018 BAFTA

COMMUNITY REFLECTION WITH GIULIANA SERENA OF THE BEE

Start: July 14, 2019 3:15 PM
End: July 14, 2019 3:15 PM
Venue: Mezzanine Studio – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

The films that comprise Damn These Heels evoke powerful thoughts, feelings, and ideas! What’s coming up for you as you watch this year’s selections? Join an intimate circle of film festival attendees for a stimulating session of engaged listening and personal reflection.

Utah Film Center is dedicated to initiating conversation and community building through film. We are excited to invite Giuliana Serena, founder of The Bee, to facilitate this session. Host and producer of SLC’s beloved monthly storytelling gathering, Giuliana is an expert at encouragement and creating brave space for people to be themselves together.

Tickets are available in advance via Damn These Heels passholder and individual ticket sales.

The session is from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Mezzanine Studio. Please plan sufficient time to come in, get settled, and stay until the end. Our doors will open at 3:15pm.

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

Start: July 14, 2019 1:45 PM
End: July 14, 2019 1:45 PM
Venue: Black Box – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Various
90 min | Not Rated

A largely dramatic/comedic shorts program focusing on a variety of awkward, funny, and quiet perspectives on gender and identity. See the work of some of the best emerging LGBTQ filmmakers and get to know their worlds.

Tell-By Date directed by Sarah Ball – 13:30
Ryan wants to tell his son that he’s transgender, but he’s nervous. He self-imposes a deadline to tell him.

Flash Flood directed by Alli MacKay – 6 min
In a dream, a flood washes over the planet, and reveals three unique perspectives on gender and identity.

Sammy the Salmon directed by Jake Shannon – 6:30 min
Upon realizing he’s gay, Spencer comes across Sammy, a talking salmon who offers to get his love-life on track.

Precious Stones directed by Luka Fisher – 4 mins
Artist Daniel Crook challenges men to think beyond toxic masculinity through his intimate paintings.

My Loneliness is Killing Me directed by Tim Courtney – 16:30 min
The story of a day in the life of Ayo, an LGBT Asylum seeker and his journey through Glasgow clubland.

Khadijah and Pauline directed by Lee Manansala – 5:30 min
On their 2nd date, Parisians Khadijah and Pauline discuss fashion, a grandmother passing, and coming out.

Boldly Go directed by Christopher Cosgrove – 5:30 min
A young gay man is hiding a secret about his body. When his crush makes a move, he must confront insecurity.

Misdirection directed by Carly Usdin – 14 min
Camila has OCD and a crush on her roommate. She must learn to refocus with a newfound interest: magic.

Horticult directed by Will Hamilton – 5 min
A fake documentary depicts a strange community of humans in 1970’s England who believed they had become plants.

Softcore directed by Varun Saranga – 7 min
Two bridesmaids form an unlikely connection over their bizarre sexual awakenings.

CONSEQUENCES (Posledice)

Start: July 14, 2019 1:30 PM
End: July 14, 2019 1:30 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Darko Stante
95 min | 2018 | Slovenia
Presented in Slovenian with English subtitles.
Cast: Matej Zemljic, Timon Sturbej, Gasper Markun

The raw emotions in this film manifest in a peculiar way. Its story, although harsh and very much in your face, is portraying the life of a troublemaking young man in a conservative and bullying culture that ends up in a special school for youth with problematic behavior, where he meets and falls for another young man who turns out to be the biggest bully of them all. As the main character establishes dominance in school, he ends up along with the guy he likes and goes to extremes by intimidating, committing crimes, fighting, hurting and manipulating people, all to cover up his true desires when it comes to his sexuality and to please and draw closer to the guy he likes. It will keep you on your toes with every scene carefully shot to give the view a host of powerful emotions. It’s a tale that most of us have gone through, although not as severe. Viewer’s will be surprised how easy it is to empathise with the volatile main character. You’ll need a break after watching this film.
-Felipe Zurita

Official Selection: 2018 Athens International Film Festival, 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival

FABULOUS

Start: July 14, 2019 11:45 AM
End: July 14, 2019 11:45 AM
Venue: Black Box – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste
47 min | 2019 | French Guiana
Presented in French with English subtitles.

The ball scene, voguing, drag and its vernacular have slowly but surely become a part of mainstream culture. It’s hard to go anywhere in queer spaces without hearing someone yell “Yas Queen!” or “Werk!” Imagine, however, being in an environment where it was dangerous for a man to even wear tight clothes or grab a drink in a dainty way. Now imagine feeling like the only queer person in the entire country.
After establishing themself in the NYC ballroom scene, Lasseindra Ninja has come back to their hometown of Cayenne, French Guiana. From ballet classes as a child and finding fame on the ballroom stage they are now back to open the doors of self-expression for the small community of queer youth there. Through the art of vogue fem, Lasseindra makes these young people confront their fears by moving their hips and flicking their wrists with all the confidence and ferocity they can muster. Lasseindra is a strict teacher and has no time for any student who is not there to break out of their shell and find their inner fierceness. Self confidence, visibility and pride are all things Lasseindra is trying to instill in their students through a form of art that gave them a voice. But, just like the audience, what they most want is for everyone to just “Have fun and let go.”
– James Long

Official Selection: 2019 Frameline

ADAM

Start: July 14, 2019 11:15 AM
End: July 14, 2019 11:15 AM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Rhys Ernst
95 min | 2019 | USA
Cast: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Margaret Qualley

Adam Freeman is a straight teenage boy from the suburbs who decides to spend the summer in New York City with his closeted gay sister. He is consequently swept into queer culture, and what begins as a white lie to assimilate into the LGBTQ community becomes a secret that consumes him.

Official Selection: 2019 Sundance Film Festival

TUCKED

Start: July 14, 2019 9:15 AM
End: July 14, 2019 9:15 AM
Venue: Black Box Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Jamie Patterson
120 min | 2018 | UK
Cast: Jordan Stephens, Derren Nesbitt, Steve Oram, April Pearson

When veteran drag queen Jackie Collins receives a diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations, this marks the first queer film from prolific young British director Jamie Patterson.

Winner: Best Narrative Audience Award and International Narrative Grand Jury Prize–OutFest 2018

OLIVIA

Start: July 14, 2019 9:00 AM
End: July 14, 2019 9:00 AM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Jacqueline Audry
96 min | 1952 | France
Presented in French with English subtitles.
Cast: Edwige Feuillère, Simone Simon, Marie-Claire Olivia

Made 70 years ago, Olivia, is a remarkably poignant story of jealousy, desire, and admiration. Created by French filmmaking heroine Jacqueline Audry and featuring a nearly all female cast, the film joins seamlessly the stories of female compassion, passion, and strife dominating today’s industry. Two female leads play competing head mistresses of a gothic all girls boarding school. As the film unfolds the audience is placed at the center of a battle of two den mothers racing one another to win the hearts and affections of their students. Wrought performances coupled with decadent costuming create a unique charm and scandalous landscape where manipulation, betrayal, and attraction layer to form an indulgent viewing experience.

As is so often the case, the explicit lesbianism lies right beneath the surface, but the writing creates massive tension as the characters all vie for queer attentions and ultimately all move towards a sexual awakening. Power and sexuality swirl in a stunningly romantic tale of coded drama, its demureness mirroring the reservation French high society. As much as the silent homosexuality, the architecture plays a large role as the drama unfolds in a school that with its conquests and distresses becomes a kind of castle with two tempting queens on its throne. Flirtatious, taunting, and lulling “Olivia” remains a compelling artifact of historical closeted cinema, it surprises and excites.
– Ashley Hoyle

Nominated: Best Actress–1953 BAFTA

July 13, 2019

A NIGHT AT SWITCH N’ PLAY

Start: July 13, 2019 10:15 PM
End: July 13, 2019 10:15 PM
Venue: Black Box – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Cody Stickels
72 min | 2019 | USA

Join us in New York City for an unforgettable evening of non-binary entertainment! This documentary about the award-winning Brooklyn drag/burlesque performance collective Switch n’ Play is sure to please, if you like–as one performer puts it–“being in a room full of empowered queers.” The collective was established in 2006 to foster safe performance space for gender-based entertainers across the spectrum. Its members run the rainbow gamut from high-femme emcee Miss Malice and contorting stage kitten Zoe Ziegfeld to drag king K. James and gay dead-boy Vigor Mortis, among others. In its regular performances at the Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights, Switch n’ Play collective strives likewise to meet the needs of the local queer community in creating a warm and mirthful ambiance in which all may engage and reflect on questions of gender identity.

In the film, seven collective members deliver performances that bring laughter and engender inevitable new thoughts about the spectrum. Interspersed among the performances are behind-the-scenes revelations and personal stories of empowerment. The performers speak from the heart about their journeys from shame or hesitancy to acceptance. “A Night at Switch n’ Play” is a reminder of the powerful healing effect of immersion in a nurturing queer community—or what Armistead Maupin calls finding our “logical family.” This movie is a celebration of us all.
– Robert Doares

Official Selection: 2019 Inside Out Toronto

UNSETTLED

Start: July 13, 2019 9:45 PM
End: July 13, 2019 9:45 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Tom Shepard
81 min | 2019 | USA

Film subjects Cheyenne Adriano and Mari N’timansieme scheduled to attend and participate in a post-film Q&A.

 
A documentary that follows four gay immigrants who have each escaped life-threatening persecution in their native countries. They’ve landed in purported “gay mecca” San Francisco, yet even there, building a new life in an adopted nation is a precarious undertaking. Challenges such as finding affordable housing, employment, and dealing with the newfound loneliness prove further testament to their endurance.

In the United States and around the world, anti-immigrant sentiment is a leading political issue. Though many sympathize with their struggle, we tend to forget the humanity of this issue. This film brings us closer to those previously nameless people. It is a intimate look the lengths queer immigrants must go through to survive and overcome.
– Derrek Wall

Official Selection: 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival

JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE

Start: July 13, 2019 8:00 PM
End: July 13, 2019 8:00 PM
Venue: Black Box Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Tomer Heymann
106 min | 2018 | Israel/Germany
Presented in English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

Due to content, this film is restricted to patrons 18 and older.

Delicately balancing tenderness and grit, this documentary is an earnest and challenging portrait of a porn star’s rise to fame and subsequent struggle to live authentically. The film takes on sex work without judgment and illuminates porn as an art form, validating the body of Jonathan’s work and the impact it has had on queers, queer youth, and queer culture. All the while fully and thoughtfully recognizing the trying emotional landscape of the industry all explored through Jonathan’s particular, intoxicating, and endearing personality. Tackling family, fame, addiction, sex, androgyny, oppression, and expression it has an impressive breadth, but its richest moments come from its enormous humanity. Jonathan struggles on-screen to navigate the complicated relationship between his estranged parents, make ends meet in an industry pushing him to de-complicate himself, find his way out of days long drug binges, and find love in intimacy where he also finds most of his paychecks. As much as the film is about its hero and his line of work, it paints poignant portraits of Tel Aviv and Berlin as contrasting metropolises. Using Jonathan’s personal experience to vault to a political discourse, the film evokes a dialogue about LGBTQIA+ rights in Europe and the Middle East. A story of redemption at its root, Jonathan is tasked to save those he loves, those who admire him, and ultimately himself.
– Ashley Hoyle

Winner: Best Israeli Documentary–2018 Jerusalem Film Festival

SISTER AIMEE

Start: July 13, 2019 7:30 PM
End: July 13, 2019 7:30 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake CIty, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann
97 min | 2019 | USA
Cast: Julie White, Michael Mosley, Amy Hargreaves

Never has religious hucksterism (or taking a break from it) been so much fun! Famous 1920s Pentecostal evangelist Sister Aimee Semple McPherson tires of healing the sick, fakes her death, and takes off with married lover Kenny to Mexico to pursue his dream of writing about its legends. She resurfaces some weeks later. The movie, billed as 5½% true, recounts her attempts to disappear despite her fame and her growing disenchantment with Kenny. Enter Andrea Suarez Paz as Rey, the sexy and mysterious driver hired to take them safely to Mexico.

This tall tale told well is elevated by inventive performances by Anna Margaret Hollyman as the title character, Michael Mosley as Kenny, and Andrea Suarez Paz as Rey.

Written and directed by real-life lesbian couple Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann
– Lisa Aspinwall
Official Selection: 2019 Sundance Film Festival, 2019 Sarasota Film Festival

SEAHORSE

Start: July 13, 2019 5:45 PM
End: July 13, 2019 5:45 PM
Venue: Black Box Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Jeanie Finlay
91 min | 2019 | UK

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man.

Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society’s fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family. He quickly realises that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting; this was not part of his plan.

Against a backdrop of increasing hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.

Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious and lyrical story for the cinema about conception, pregnancy, birth and what makes us who we are.

Nominated: Best Documentary Feature, 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection: 2019 Sheffield International Documentary Festival

WOUNDED BY THE WIND (Las Heridas Del Viento)

Start: July 13, 2019 5:15 PM
End: July 13, 2019 5:15 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Juan Carlos Rubio
75 min | 2017 | Spain
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Daniel Muriel, Kiti Mánver

David has always known his father as a cold and methodological man – a kind of person who never shows love, vulnerability, or tenderness to his family and his own children. Yet, after his father’s death, David is confronted by a mysterious box full of love letters from another man addressed to his father. Baffled by this finding, David seeks out Juan – the seemingly secret past lover of his father and is determined to learn the truth. The two couldn’t be more different from each other – David is as methodological as his father, while Juan is an eccentric passionate drag queen. David tries to understand how his cold-hearted father could have fallen for such a person, while Juan sees how David is being overshadowed by his father’s unloving past. Over the course of several conversations, their personalities clash with each other, eventually leading them to face their own insecurities and longing that they both projected onto David’s father.

The subtle storytelling, the nuanced simplicity of the theatrics, and the gentle yet intense tension in the dialogue between these two characters contribute to an intriguing and heartfelt reflection of both of them. Palpable and honest, nothing about this film is emotionally manipulative towards the viewers, and yet, you will be compelled to enjoy and savor every moment.
– Dat Nguyen

Official Selection: 2018 Seville European Film Festival

NO BOX FOR ME. An Intersex Story

Start: July 13, 2019 3:30 PM
End: July 13, 2019 3:30 PM
Venue: Black Box – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Floriane Devigne
58 min | 2018 | France
Presented in French with English subtitles.

A lyrical documentary peppered with hypnotic animations, intimate conversations, and poignant true stories, No Box For Me: An Intersex Story tells the tale of two intertwining intersex individual’s lives. As educational as it is beautiful, “No Box For Me” is an acknowledgment of their validity. Something to fix, cure, and be rid of in the majority of the medical community and society at large becomes a powerful foundation of identity for these two people, and the other intersex people they connect with along the way.

Hazy and gorgeously grimy, short film Ponyboi centers around Ponyboi himself, who imagines a romantic escape from his stale laundromat job and unfulfilling side hustle as a sex worker. His dreams of a ruggedly angelic cowboy whisking him away keep Ponyboi sane through the abuse and Loneliness he faces as an intersex man.

No Box For Me: An Intersex Story and Ponyboi reflect on how intersex people seek to reappropriate their bodies and construct their identities. Both films question our societies’ social norms and what it means to be a man, a woman, or a little of both…
– Meg Aubry

Official Selection: 2019 BFI Flare, 2019 Frameline

Preceded by the short film Ponyboi

COMMUNITY REFLECTION WITH GIULIANA SERENA OF THE BEE

Start: July 13, 2019 3:15 PM
End: July 13, 2019 3:15 PM
Venue: Mezzanine Studio – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

The films that comprise Damn These Heels evoke powerful thoughts, feelings, and ideas! What’s coming up for you as you watch this year’s selections? Join an intimate circle of film festival attendees for a stimulating session of engaged listening and personal reflection.

Utah Film Center is dedicated to initiating conversation and community building through film. We are excited to invite Giuliana Serena, founder of The Bee, to facilitate this session. Host and producer of SLC’s beloved monthly storytelling gathering, Giuliana is an expert at encouragement and creating brave space for people to be themselves together.

Tickets are available in advance via Damn These Heels passholder and individual ticket sales.

The session is from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Mezzanine Studio. Please plan sufficient time to come in, get settled, and stay until the end. Our doors will open at 3:15pm.

RETABLO

Start: July 13, 2019 3:00 PM
End: July 13, 2019 3:00 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

Directed by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio
95 min | 2017 | Peru
Presented in Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Magaly Solier, Amiel Cayo, Junior Bejar

Known throughout his Peruvian mountain village as a maestro, Noé (Amiel Cayo) is an esteemed artisan of retablos—unique, handcrafted clay altarpieces that feature exquisitely detailed miniatures of extended families and communities, encased in brightly painted boxes. His dutiful, wide-eyed teenage son Segundo (a heartbreakingly gentle Junior Béjar Roca) admires and adores his father, working proudly and painstakingly by his side to learn the family craft and carry on its tradition. But their tender father-son bond is abruptly fractured—and Segundo’s provincial worldview is shattered—when he discovers that Noé has been engaging in clandestine homosexual encounters outside their family home. In their tight-knit, highly conservative, religious rural village, where alleged crimes and sins are met with brutal violence and public shaming, Segundo’s anger and confusion are both internalized and inflamed by the hyper-masculine mores of their patriarchal culture.

In his feature film debut, Peruvian writer-director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio fully immerses us in the rich colors and traditions of the Quechuan culture, which is rarely captured with such authenticity on-screen. Winner of both a Teddy Newcomer Award and a Crystal Bear Special Jury Mention at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Retablo is a poignant coming-of-age story about an aspiring young artist coming to terms with the meaning of masculinity and the power of paternal love.
— Joanne Parsont, Frameline Film Festival

Official Selection: 2018 Berlin Film Festival, 2018 Seattle International Film Festival