Cassandro, the Exotico! (Cassandro, el Exótico)

When:
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 8:30 pm @ 8:30 PM
2019-08-14T20:30:00-07:00
2019-08-14T20:45:00-07:00
Where:
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle
WA 98122
Cost:
12
Showtimes
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Tickets
$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member
Marie Losier, France, 2018, 1h 13m

This stirring feature portrait of lucha libre star Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor.

Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter of a century. Marie Losier captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure with her talent for forging intimacy with a subject while broadly celebrating his individuality.

Cassandro, a prize-winning fighter who reinvented a staunchly macho sport, exudes resilience of all kinds—from the physical power to leave his opponents KOed to an ability to revisit past trauma and cope with the scars of a body pushed to its limits. Cassandro’s story—of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty—is ever more evocative as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border.

Losier’s signature 16mm filming melds tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport.

Description and all graphics on this page courtesy of Film Movement.

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