Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, lucha libre star Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay
Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, lucha libre star Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Shot entirely in 16mm, director Marie Losier’s stirring portrait of prize-winning fighter and queer icon Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. The film captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure while celebrating his individuality. Cassandro reinvented a staunchly macho sport and exudes resilience of all kinds—from the physical power to leave his opponents KOed to an ability to revisit past trauma and cope with the scars of a body pushed to its limits. Losier melds tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Contains mature content.
Not rated | 2018 | 2K DCP
Directed by Marie Losier
$4 IUB students, $7 non-students
Running the Screen: Directed by Women is a month-long film screening, public conversation, and masterclass series celebrating and affirming the pioneering contributions of women to the art of filmmaking. IU Cinema has dedicated its entire September 2019 programming line-up to films directed by women in celebration of September as Woman Director Awareness Month.