Jose (2020)

Drama | 85 min
Rating: /10

Movie Info

  • Director: Li Cheng
  • Actors: Enrique Salanic Manolo Herrera
  • Writers: Li Cheng & George F. Roberson
  • Release Date: January, 2020
  • Genres: Drama
  • Country: Guatemala, USA
  • Language: Spanish with English subtitles
  • Rating: Unrated, some sexual situations and images
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Movie Story

Winner of multiple awards, including the Queer Lion from the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival, José is a gripping, layered and beautifully honest story about one working-class young man’s struggle to find himself. Made in the neorealist filmmaking tradition, the film is a nuanced and vivid look at being gay in Central America.

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.

“Confident visual sense…a sensitive portrait [with a] depth of feeling.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A touching debut…sexually frank in an honest, fresh fashion.” – Screen Daily

“Raw and authentic.” – Remezcla

Awards and Festivals:  Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival and Best Film at  Boston LGBT Film Festival, among others; and selection of Miami Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, El Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Havana, Cuba), Outfest Los Angeles, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and many more.

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Jose

Drama

Movie Showtimes

AFI Latin American Film Festival

Silver Spring, MD

Show times

  • September 21 & 25
  • 2019

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Chapel Hill, NC

Show times

  • October 28
  • 2019

Fresno Reel Pride

Fresno, CA

Show times

  • September 2019

Portland Queer Film Festival

Portland, OR

Show times

  • September 2019

San Francisco Latino Film Festival

San Francisco, CA

Show times

  • September 21 & 28
  • 2019

Cinema Queer

Stockholm, Sweden

Show times

  • Septemer 28
  • 2019

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Chapel Hill, NC

Show times

  • October 28
  • 2019

Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Tampa, Florida

Show times

  • October 11
  • 2019

ImageOut LGBT Film Festival

Rochester, New York

Show times

  • October 18
  • 2019

QCinema International Film Festival

Philippines

Show times

  • October 14
  • 19
  • 21
  • 2019

Hamburg International Queer Film Festival

Hamburg, German

Show times

  • October 17
  • 2019

Cuórum Morelia Festival

Morelia, Mexico

Show times

  • October 23-27
  • 2019

34th MIX Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Show times

  • October 30
  • 2019

Días de Cine: Lateinamerikanische Filmfest FFM

Frankfurt, Germany

Show times

  • November 8
  • 2019

Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival

Little Rock, Arkansas

Show times

  • November 3
  • 2019

Quad Cinema

New York City, NY

Show times

  • Opens January 31
  • 2020
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