End of the Century
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival presents....
FIN DE SIGLO (End of the Century)
directed by Lucio Castro
“END OF THE CENTURY is at its most intense, and sexiest, when it’s also at its most unknowable.” - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
When Ocho spots Javi from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent: after a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter leads to their eventual hooking up. But is their union a random encounter between two strangers, both travelers, only for the moment, vacationing in Barcelona, or is it a charged moment in a longer, more entwined history?
END OF THE CENTURY is a beguiling, more philosophical-than-sentimental romance that considers the temporal fantasies of queer longing; the desires that shape gay men’s histories; and the time summoned in a world made temporary by social media and Airbnb.
END OF THE CENTURY comes courtesy of CINEMA GUILD, the film’s stalwart distributor, the distributor that also shared, in fact, Jérôme Reybaud’s 4 DAYS IN FRANCE, a filmic debut kindred to Castro’s in its interest in the recurring loops of gay longing, in is structuring of the forms of time summoned in the most evanescent of encounters, and in its portraiture of a contemporary male queerness.
Castro’s beguiling, more ruminative-than-whimsical film sets its clock by a passage from David Wojnarowicz’s 1991 CLOSE TO THE KNIVES, a passage cited on screen. As follows:
“I’m getting closer to the coast and realize how much I hate arriving at a destination. Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom."
Winner: BEST FILM, Buenos Aires Film Festival
Winner: BEST FIRST FEATURE: Frameline43
Official Selection: New Directors/New Films
Also to screen:
Jorge Jácome’s short film FLORES (Portugal, 2017): A plague of hydrangeas stirs a different kind of unmooring and no longer belonging.
The entire population of the Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a flower common in these
islands. Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the
landscape, guide us. To the stories of sadness of those forced to leave. And to the inherent desire to resist by inhabiting the islands and staying put. The filmic wandering becomes a nostalgic and political reflection on territorial belonging and identity, and the roles we assume in the places we came from.
END OF THE CENTURY (Fin de Siglo)
Directed by Lucio Castro
(Argentina, In Spanish with English subtitles, 84min., 2019)
Jorge Jácome, Portugal, 26min., 2017)
Free to Students and Members of the UWM Union Cinema
END OF THE CENTURY will open the fall’s season of the Festival’s roughly monthly screening series. Look for other programs on Thursday, October 24; Thursday, November 21; and a special World AIDS Day screening on Sunday, December 1. Also stay tuned for possibly more!
The Festival is hosted by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with support from the Peck School of the Arts and the UWM Union Cinema.
Much thanks also for the ongoing support of our programming to: the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Eldon E. Murray Foundation Fund; Milwaukee Pride; Michael Ross and D.A. Leonard; and the Cream City Foundation's Sutton Place Fund.
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