Cassandro the Exotico!
- Screening Schedule
- Nov 23 (Fri.) 15:30 at Yokogawa Cinema
In the gaudy, flamboyant world of Lucha Libre, Cassandro is its most eccentric star. He is the king of the Exóticos, the gender-bending cross-dressing wrestlers who fight prejudice as much as their opponents in this macho-dominated sport.
Despite his lacquered hair, his mascara and his perfectly curled eyelashes, Cassandro is a combat beast, a many-times World Champion, who pushes his body to its most extreme limits. It’s rare not to see him at the end of a fight with his face covered in blood, a dislocated elbow or a broken knee!
However, after twenty-six years of spins, dives and headbutts in the ring, Cassandro’s body is in pieces and his confidence faltering, as he feels the grip of a particular traumatic past. But he just can’t stay away too long from the spotlights...
Director：Marie Losier / Producer: Carole Chassaing and Antoine Barraud / Editor: Ael Dallier Vega / Cinematographer: Marie Losier / Music:Marie Losier
Year of production: 2018
Running time: 73’
After training as an acrobat (trapezes, beams, parallel bars...) in her youth, then as a contemporary dancer and a tap dancer, Marie Losier studied literature at the Nanterre University and painting at the School of Fine Arts in New York. She directed several avant-garde portraits of filmmakers, musicians and composers, such as Alan Vega, Jonas Mekas and Genesis P-Orridge. These innovative and intimate first films were made during her spare time, in the wee- kends, and with no funding. But it was her first feature film, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, that showcased her work to a more general audience. After screening in more than 200 festivals around the world, the film was released in 2011 in France, the United States, Canada, Germany and Mexico. It has also won several awards. Today, her films are regularly programmed in the most pres- tigious film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca, CPH:DOX, Bafici, Cinéma du Réel, Hors Pistes, etc.) and museums around the world, such as Tate Modern (London), MOMA (NYC), Centre Pompidou (Paris), or the French Cinémathèque and the Whitney Biennal (NYC). The first complete retrospective of her films is scheduled to take place at the MoMA (NYC), in November 2018.