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CASSANDRO

SYNOPSIS

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In the lucha libre wrestling scene of Juárez, Mexico, gay luchador Saúl is tired of playing El Topo, a nondescript, masked runt who always loses his matches. He wants to be a star. His fierce new trainer, Sabrina, suggests he develop an exótico character — an unmasked, stereotypically effeminate role audiences love to hate. But exóticos never get to win. All that changes when Saúl debuts the flamboyant and powerful Cassandro, who captures the crowd’s attention and affection. But how will Cassandro’s ascent affect Saúl’s relationship with his mother — still pining away for his unavailable father — and with Gerardo, Saúl’s secret lover?

CREDITS

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Screenwriter: David Teague, Roger Ross Williams


Producers: Gerardo Gatica, Todd Black, David Bloomfield, Ted Hope, Julie Goldman


Executive Producers: Gael García Bernal, Paula Amor, Mariana Rodriguez Caba RGA, A. Müffelmann, David Teague, Matías Penachino, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch


Editor: Affibsi Gonçalves, Sabine Hoffman, Yibrán Asuad


Cinematographer: Matías Penachino


Original Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Production Designer: J.C. Molina

Costume Designer: Mariestela Fernández

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FESTIVAL PREMIERE

& AWARDS

Sundance Premiere 2023

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