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JESUS

Breaking Glass Pictures - 85 min
  • DIRECTOR: Fernando Guzzoni
  • STARRING: Nicolas DUran, Alejandro Goic

SHOWTIMES 10/19/2017 (change date):

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Synopsis:

Nothing comes easily to Santiago teen Jesús. His group has just lost the local battle of the boy bands, he can’t seem to finish high school or keep track of money, and his widower father is fed up with his inertia. Uncertain what path to take, Jesús is trapped in a dead-end cycle of getting wasted with his buddies and looking for trouble.

One night, the boys are partying in a cemetery when things get out of hand. The boys gang up on a defenseless kid, beating him badly. The next day, Jesús learns that the kid’s in a coma, and the police are searching for those responsible. Desperate to avoid both the authorities and his friends, he has no choice but to turn to his father for help. But how far should a father be expected to go to protect a child when that child is as lost as Jesús?

JESUS is loosely inspired by true events that occurred in Santiago, Chile, where Daniel Mauricio Zamudio, a gay man, was beaten and tortured for several hours in a park in downtown Santiago. After being attacked by four men, Zamudio died 25 days later after being in a coma. Zamudio has become a symbol against homophobic violence in Chile.

Language: Spanish

 

SELECTED FILM FESTIVALS

San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016 (TIFF)

Miami International Film Festival 2017

Mar Del Plata Film Festival 2016

Hamburg Film Festival 2016

Lincoln Center Neighboring Scenes Series 2017

Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017

International Film Festival of Panama 2017

Torino Film Festival 2016

Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine (SANFIC) Film Festival 2016

Göteborg Film Festival 2017

Toulouse Latin America Film Festival 2017

Transilvania International Film Festival 2017

Cleveland International Film Festival 2017

San Diego Latino Film Festival 2017

 

Selected Press Quotes

"Jesús investigates the darkest side of adolescence, raising a number of moral questions without providing easy answers. The top-notch cast is the icing on the cake, with Goic stoically embodying Chile’s hopes and failures while young Durán mesmerizes with his stunning androgyny." –Variety

“Goic and Duran are both compelling performers.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“Durán and Goic are phenomenal in the roles, their feelings pent-up until tearful releases shown in almost complete silence arrive in the distance. ...Jesúsproves a gripping cautionary tale unafraid to let its characters suffer for justice.”

“Whichever you look at it, this is a harrowing and despicable story that is so powerfully told that it keeps one engaged to the very last frame.”

“...unpredictable and gets one in the guts.” –The Film Stage –Queer Guru – FestivalReviews.org

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