CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO!

by Marie Losier
CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO!

Informations

Nation: France

Year: 2018

Length: 73'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

After twenty-six years of spinning dives and flying uppercuts on the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exóticos, is far from retiring. But with dozens of broken bones and metal pins in his body, he must now reinvent himself...

Director

Marie Losier

Marie Losier

Marie Losier (France, 1972) studied literature at the University of Nanterre and art in New York. She has made a series of films dedicated to avant-garde directors, composers and musicians like Jonas Mekas, Alan Vega Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin and Richard Foreman. In 2011 with The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, dedicated to Genesis P. Orridge, she was selected at the Berlinale and the Torino Film Festival. Her works are regularly shown at prestigious festivals and exhibition areas like the Tate Modern, the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, the Berlinale and the Cinémathèque française. In 2015 she presented at Festival the collective film Aqui, em Lisboa. In November 2018 MoMA dedicated her works a complete retrospective.

Filmography:
Eat Your Makeup! (cm, 2005), Tony Conrad, Dreaminimalist (cm, 2008), The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (doc., 2011), Alan Vega, Just a Million Dreams (doc., cm, 2013), Bim, Bam, Boom, Las Luchas Morenas! (cm, 2014), Aqui em Lisboa - Episódios de vida de uma cidade (coregia/codirectors Denis Côté, Dominga Sotomayor, Gabriel Abrantes, ep. L’oiseau de la nuit, cm, 2015)

Cast and Credits

regia, fotografia, suono/director, cinematography, sound
Marie Losier
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Marie Losier, Antoine Barraud
montaggio/film editing
Ael Dallier Vega
scenografia/production design
Simon Fravega
produttori/producers
Carole Chassaing, Antoine Barraud
produzione/production
Tamara Films, Tu vas voir
coproduzione/coproduction
Garidi Films

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contatti/contacts
Urban Distribution International
[email protected]
www.urbandistrib.com

Director statement

“You have to imagine the courage it took this man to get in the ring. Not just the fact that he was openly gay, or that he wore feathers and makeup in such an overtly macho world, but to do it without wearing a mask! Even if the Exóticos existed well before him, most of them — who were straight men, by the way — would just play out the clichés of homosexuality in a farcical, burlesque, almost homophobic way. Cassandro waved it as a flag, and he rallied the whole nation to his cause. It was a wholehearted, no-concessions attitude, and his example was followed. He pushed all the boundaries, but he was always open, and supportive of others. He was always conscious of the fragility of his own position.”

Synopsis Learn more

After twenty-six years of spinning dives and flying uppercuts on the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exóticos, is far from retiring. But with dozens of broken bones and metal pins in his body, he must now reinvent himself...

Director All about direction

Marie Losier

Marie Losier

Marie Losier (France, 1972) studied literature at the University of Nanterre and art in New York. She has made a series of films dedicated to avant-garde directors, composers and musicians like Jonas Mekas, Alan Vega Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin and Richard Foreman. In 2011 with The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, dedicated to Genesis P. Orridge, she was selected at the Berlinale and the Torino Film Festival. Her works are regularly shown at prestigious festivals and exhibition areas like the Tate Modern, the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, the Berlinale and the Cinémathèque française. In 2015 she presented at Festival the collective film Aqui, em Lisboa. In November 2018 MoMA dedicated her works a complete retrospective.

Filmography:
Eat Your Makeup! (cm, 2005), Tony Conrad, Dreaminimalist (cm, 2008), The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (doc., 2011), Alan Vega, Just a Million Dreams (doc., cm, 2013), Bim, Bam, Boom, Las Luchas Morenas! (cm, 2014), Aqui em Lisboa - Episódios de vida de uma cidade (coregia/codirectors Denis Côté, Dominga Sotomayor, Gabriel Abrantes, ep. L’oiseau de la nuit, cm, 2015)

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, fotografia, suono/director, cinematography, sound
Marie Losier
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Marie Losier, Antoine Barraud
montaggio/film editing
Ael Dallier Vega
scenografia/production design
Simon Fravega
produttori/producers
Carole Chassaing, Antoine Barraud
produzione/production
Tamara Films, Tu vas voir
coproduzione/coproduction
Garidi Films

**
contatti/contacts
Urban Distribution International
[email protected]
www.urbandistrib.com

Director statement Read more

“You have to imagine the courage it took this man to get in the ring. Not just the fact that he was openly gay, or that he wore feathers and makeup in such an overtly macho world, but to do it without wearing a mask! Even if the Exóticos existed well before him, most of them — who were straight men, by the way — would just play out the clichés of homosexuality in a farcical, burlesque, almost homophobic way. Cassandro waved it as a flag, and he rallied the whole nation to his cause. It was a wholehearted, no-concessions attitude, and his example was followed. He pushed all the boundaries, but he was always open, and supportive of others. He was always conscious of the fragility of his own position.”