Cassandro, the Exotico! (Cassandro, el Exótico)
Fri Aug 09: 8.00pm
Sat Aug 10: 5.00pm, 8.00pm
Sun Aug 11: 5.30pm, 8.30pm
Wed Aug 14: 8.30pm
Thu Aug 15: 8.30pm
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, Cassandros trailblazing ascent as one the industrys 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 kindsfrom 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. Cassandros storyof an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mightyis ever more evocative as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border.
Losiers 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.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122