Jueves de Cine - Spring 2020
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. Called the best "THE BEST GAY FILM OF THE YEAR" by IndieWire, End of the Century has won several awards including for Best Film at the Buenos Aires Film Festival, Best First Film at San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival and Frameline, and it won a Special Jury mention at Outfest: Los Angeles Film Festival.