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Retablo (18*)

Forbidden Colours

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A teenager living in a Peruvian Andes village discovers that his father has been having sex with men in this powerful, highly acclaimed drama.

Segundo is a young apprentice learning how to make retablos – artisan story-boxes depicting personal scenes – under the tutelage of his adored father. One day, Segundo discovers that his father has been unfaithful to his wife with other men. In a community defined by traditional values, Segundo decides to keep this revelation a secret, even as it threatens to tear his world apart.

Alvaro Delgado Aparicio’s beautiful, powerful drama features excellent performances, especially from Junior Bejar as the conflicted teen, struggling with complex emotions in the oppressive environment of an isolated village, where male vulnerability is held in contempt.

Peru/Germany/Norway 2017 Dir Alvaro Delgado Aparicio 95 min

Retablo is screening as part of Forbidden Colours, a new strand celebrating queer films from countries where LGBTQ+ people face oppression.

Cinema Summer Special

On Thursdays and Fridays, you can book a film and enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink for the combined price of £13*.

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