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MADRID — Venice 2018 Queer Lion winner “José,” a movie which went on to play 50 festivals in 35 countries, has been acquired for North American distribution and international sales by Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures.
Strand Releasing will handle digital distribution. “José” was acquired from its production house YQstudio.
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World premiering in Venice Days, “Jose,” a Guatemala-set gay love story which is directed by the U.S.-based Li Cheng, turns on José, a 19-year-old working class Guatemalan who lives in the humblest of circumstances with his clinging mother, makes ends meet, falls head over heels in love with Luis, a construction worker.
Working a neorealist tradition – non-pro actors, detailed description of diurnal reality, a contained narrative of larger social resonance – “José” has won praise for what Hudson called “a gripping, layered and beautifully honest story” and a “nuanced and vivid look at being gay in Central America.”
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“José” is proving broader based in its audience appeal, attracting social-activists, film and art students and professors, and cinephile groups, in addition to the LGBTQ+ community, Hudson added, calling it “one of the most mature and cinematic second films I’ve seen.”
“This is one of the most poetic but also honest depictions of a young gay man’s coming-of-age, and in a Central American context, that I’ve seen.” Robert Rosenberg, co-director of “Before Stonewall,” who is handling marketing and distribution of the film for Outsider.
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