Cassandro, the Exotico!
DIRECTOR: MARIE LOSIER
Marie Losier in person on Friday at 7pm & 9:30pm + Saturday 5pm (moderated by Eric Shorey AKA DJ Accident Report) & 7:30pm
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.
Eric Shorey AKA DJ Accident Report is a Brooklyn-based freelance pop culture blogger covering a wide range of topics including LGBTQ culture, niche musical sub-cultures, extreme cinema, reality TV, true crime, and pro-wrestling. His writing has been featured in Vice, Pitchfork, Nylon Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He is 1/3rd of the nightlife supergroup The Nobodies, whose comedic YouTube series explores the world of pro-wrestling from a distinctly queer perspective.