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Cassandro, the Exotico!

Cassandro, the Exotico!

Cassandro, the Exotico!

2018 / 73min / DCP

DIRECTOR: MARIE LOSIER

Marie Losier, whose recent mid-career retrospective at MoMA reviewed a body of work rich with revealing artist portraits that blow apart the familiar bio-doc template, puts the spotlight on a stupendous LGBTQ+ showman in Cassandro, the Exotico!. Known in the wrestling ring as Cassandro, 47-year-old Saul Armendariz is the openly gay champion of Mexico’s exotico wrestling circuit, a subgenre featuring competitors in drag and, between back-breaking suplexes, generous doses of camp vamping. The compassionate, funny, and fabulous Cassandro, the Exotico!, shot entirely on 16mm film as per Losier’s established custom, follows the Liberace of the Lucha Libre in his final years of competition as he struggles with opponents, the cruel passage of time, and substance abuse. Losier utilizes bold experimental conceits to dig into the seeming paradox posed by the existence of this fierce femme in the most macho of pastimes.

A Film Movement release.