José (February 14 – February 20)

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José (February 14 – February 20)

February 14, 2020
February 15, 2020
February 16, 2020
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February 20, 2020

Skype Q&A with Lead Actor, Enrique Salanic, after the 7:00PM show on Friday, February 14th


A 19-year-old’s life in Guatemala City is routine and aimless, until he finds passion, pain and self-reflection through a relationship with a Caribbean migrant.


19-year-old José and his mother live a typical lower-class existence in Guatemala City, one of the most dangerous, religious, and impoverished areas in the world. Never married, she attends church and sells sandwiches at a bus stop. José spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic running food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments meeting up with random strangers for 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 a passionate and painful state of self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.


Critic Quotes: 

“Winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the Guatemalan drama José is an astute look at male sexuality in a culture that’s infused with machismo.” – Rich Cline, Gay Essential

“Modest but affectingly melancholy.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“It makes a fascinating companion to fellow queer Guatemalan film, Temblores.” – Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla

[A]chingly beautiful. Audiences feel every emotion as the lens…captures the grittiness of Guatemala City, the sweat of the men’s bodies and the palpable sense of despair…. A rich, involving film, “José” is not to be missed.” Gary M. Cramer, Philadelphia Gay News



Runtime: 85 minutes

Year: 2018

Rating: NR

Director: Li Cheng

Country: Guatemala / USA

Languages: Spanish w/ English subtitles



Friday, February 14: 7:00*

Saturday, February 15: 10:30 AM

Sunday, February 16: 4:50

Monday, February 17: 3:00

Tuesday, February 18: No Screenings

Wednesday, February 19: 12:30 4:30

Thursday, February 20: 1:15


* Skype Q&A with Lead Actor, Enrique Salanic, after the 7:00PM show on Friday, February 14th


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