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José
何塞
A film by Li Cheng
Year|2018 Duration|85 min Language|Spanish Country|Guatemala World Premiere|Venice Days

SYNOPSIS

José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City. She never had a husband. Her life is her church, and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. José spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected relationship and José is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection.

DIRECTORS’ BIO

Li Cheng

Originally from China, Li Cheng moved to USA in 1999, now world-nomad. Cheng left biotechnology research in 2007 to focus on film and his first feature, Joshua Tree (2014), is on the crisis of the American. He conducted research in 12 Latin American countries and lived in Guatemala for two years for the Queer Lion awarded film, José. Cheng holds a PhD from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

PRODUCTION COMPANY

YQ Studio LLC

CAST

Enrique Salanic, Manolo Herrera, Ana Cecilia Mota

KEY CREW

Producer: Li Cheng, George F Roberson
Cinematography: Paolo Giron
Editor: Lenz Claure

SELECTED FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Venice Days
Venice Film Festival
Queer Lion

The Festival of the Three Continents
International Competition - Special Mention of the Jury

BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

International Istanbul Film Festival

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