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Cassandro, the Exotico!
Directed by Marie Losier • 2018 • France
Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro’s trailblazing ascent as one of lucha libre’s first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Marie Losier captures the moving, humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. Cassandro’s story—of an underdog and a queer icon—unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Losier’s signature 16 mm filming 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.