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ScreenTalk: Director Li Cheng on 'Jose'

Two men look up at the sky
13 Aug 2020
32 min watch

'José' director, Li Cheng and actor Enrique Salanic, join us for a live ScreenTalk, hosted by Barbican curator, Alex Davidson.

Li Cheng’s passionate gay romance explores the relationship between 19-year-old café waiter José and construction worker Luis.

Sexually promiscuous Jose, beautifully played by Enrique Salanic, seeks a deeper connection in this moving gay romance, set in Guatemala’s capital city. Despite poverty and societal homophobia, defiant José is determined to find love, and when he meets Luis, he thinks he may have found ‘the one’.

Offering a rare representation of LGBTQ+ life in Guatemala, Jose is one of the most acclaimed gay films of recent years and the deserving winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Part of our Forbidden Colours strand, celebrating queer films from countries where LGBTQ+ people face oppression.

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