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Forbidden Colours: Retablo (18*)

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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, Bafta-nominated drama.

Segundo is a young apprentice learning how to make retablos – hand-made story-boxes depicting personal scenes – under the supervision 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 intimacy and vulnerability are held in contempt.

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

Retablo is available with Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing captions

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ScreenTalk Live: Director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio

Join us on Monday 27 July at 8.30pm as director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio joins us for a live ScreenTalk, hosted by Barbican curator, Alex Davidson, to discuss his BAFTA-nominated film, Retablo.

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