END OF THE CENTURY (narrative)

END OF THE CENTURY (narrative)

    Price: $395.00

    Code: 2604

    Directed by Lucio Castro
    2019, 84 minutes
    Purchase: $350

    In his alluring debut feature, Lucio Castro offers both a sun-soaked European travelogue and an epic, decades-spanning romance. When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. After a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter escalates to a seemingly random hookup. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other’s histories—and maybe even their destinies?

    Castro deliberately parses out mystery after mystery, leading the audience on a journey of discovery as the two leading men discover themselves and each other. With sumptuous lensing of a Barcelona summertime and tangible chemistry between the actors, END OF THE CENTURY is a love story that echoes across time.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    Winner - Best Film - Buenos Aires Film Festival
    Winner - Best First Film - Frameline: San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival
    Official Selection - New Directors/New Films
    Official Selection - Outfest: Los Angeles Film Festival


    – Jude Dry, IndieWire

    "Poetic. Ambitious. Ambiguous... A promising first feature."
    – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

    "a gorgeous examination of what 21st century relationships can look like."
    – Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla

    "a sublimely haunting experience... Lucio Castro's debut feels like a gay spin on Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy, all distilled into a single film."
    – Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap

    "An absolutely hypnotic romance... Pure magic."
    – Gary Kramer, San Francisco Bay Times

    "A hell of a debut... a profoundly moving, intensely quiet romance drama."
    – Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast

    "End of the Century is at its most intense, and sexiest, when it’s also at its most unknowable."
    - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

    "An erotic, emotional imagining of a Grindr hookup as memory palace."
    – Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter


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