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Forbidden Colours: Jose (18*)

Cinema On Demand

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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.


2018 Guatemala Dir Li Cheng 85 min

HOH captions are available for this title and the live ScreenTalk. 

This rental is only available for viewers based in the UK. 

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

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Supported by the Mayor of London


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Watch: ScreenTalk Live: Jose with Director Li Cheng + Enrique Salanic

Join us for a ScreenTalk with director Li Cheng and actor Enrique Salanic, hosted by Barbican Cinema Curator, Alex Davidson. Watch on YouTube or Facebook. 

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