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Marie Losier

Cassandro, the Exotico!

9 September | h 8:30 pm
La Pelanda – Outside Area
1 h 15′

in English with subtitles in Italian

In the gaudy, flamboyant world of Lucha Libre, Cassandro is its most eccentric star. He is the king of the Exóticos, the gender-bending cross-dressing wrestlers who fight prejudice as much as their opponents in this macho-dominated sport. Despite his lacquered hair, his mascara and his perfectly curled eyelashes, Cassandro is a combat beast, a many-times World Champion, who pushes his body to its most extreme limits. It’s rare not to see him at the end of a fight with his face covered in blood, a dislocated elbow or a broken knee! However, after twenty-six years of spins, dives and headbutts in the ring, Cassandro’s body is in pieces and his confidence faltering, as he feels the grip of a particular traumatic past. But he just can’t stay away too long from the spotlights…

After training as an acrobat (trapezes, beams, parallel bars…) in her youth, then as a contemporary dancer and a tap dancer, Marie Losier studied literature at the Nanterre University and painting at the School of Fine Arts in New York. She directed several avant-garde portraits of filmmakers, musicians and composers. But it was her first feature film, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, that showcased her work to a more general audience.
Today, her films are regularly programmed in the most prestigious film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca, CPH:DOX, Bafici, Cinéma du Réel, Hors Pistes, etc.) and museums around the world, such as Tate Modern (London), MOMA (NYC), Centre Pompidou (Paris), or the French Cinémathèque and the Whitney Biennal (NYC). 

original title Cassandro El Exotico!
production company Tamara Films
country France
production year 2018
language English, Spanish