CassandroDirected by Roger Ross Williams
Cast: and Raúl Castillo with special appearances from El Hijo del Santo and Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, Gael García Bernal, Joaquín Cosío, Perla De La Rosa, Roberta Colindrez
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Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
Written by: Roger Ross Williams, David Teague
Produced by: Gerardo Gatica, Todd Black, David Bloomfield, Ted Hope, Julie Goldman
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Roberta Colindrez, Perla De La Rosa, Joaquín Cosío, and Raúl Castillo with special appearances from El Hijo del Santo and Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio
Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams makes his fiction directorial debut with the real-life tale of Cassandro, the “Liberace of lucha libre,” crafting an engaging origin story for an outsider turned unlikely superstar. Gael García Bernal steals hearts as the eponymous Cassandro in this feel-good biopic about a wrestler that triumphs in the macho world of lucha libre while embracing his true self.
In the lucha libre wrestling scene of Juárez, Mexico, gay luchador Saúl is tired of playing El Topo, a nondescript, masked runt who always loses his matches. He wants to be a star. His fierce new trainer, Sabrina, suggests he develop an exótico character — an unmasked, stereotypically effeminate role audiences love to hate. But exóticos never get to win. All that changes when Saúl debuts the flamboyant and powerful Cassandro, who captures the crowd’s attention and affection. But how will Cassandro’s ascent into stardom affect Saúl’s relationship with his mother — still pining away for his unavailable father — and with Gerardo, Saúl’s secret lover?