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Queer 90s

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A struggling lesbian artist in Barcelona falls hard for a flaky Israeli engineer in this English-language romantic comedy featuring a delightful performance from writer-director Marta Balletbò-Coll.

As if Anna (Marta Balletbò-Coll) didn’t have enough to deal with. Working as a tour guide in Barcelona while desperately trying to raise funds for her one-woman show, she falls in love with an exasperating engineer from Israel (Desi Del Valle), who is reluctant to commit. Opposites nonetheless attract, but a job offer threatens the relationship – can the two lovers make things work?

Shot in 14 days on a microbudget in Barcelona and the Costa Brava, this fun and breezy English-language comedy, a queer festival favourite on its release in 1995, boasts a charismatic, instantly relatable performance of great charm from Balletbò-Coll – if there were any justice, she would have become a huge star. At least we have Costa Brava to remind us of what could have been…

Tagged with: Cinema Queer 90s PRIDE 2023

Spain 1995 dir Marta Balletbò-Coll 90 min

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