José

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JOSÉ

Directed by Li Cheng | Guatemala, USA | 85 min | Spanish with English Subtitles
Winner of Venice’s Queer Lion Award, this intimate neorealist story follows José, a 19-year-old who finds escape from his working-class existence in Guatemala City through hook-up apps and casual meetups. He discovers meaning in his encounters with Luis, a migrant construction worker from coastal Iztapa, who dreams of a better life for them together. But can this passionate new relationship — and the promise of change — rival José’s bond with his doting, religious mother?