Pride Amsterdam: don’t miss the documentary “Cassandro, the Exotico!”on 26.07
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 the industry’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, a prize-winning fighter who reinvented a staunchly macho sport, exudes resilience of all kinds – from his physical power to leave opponents coed to his ability to revisit past emotional traumas and cope with the pain of a body pushed to its limits.
Cassandro’s story – of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty – is ever more evocative as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Losier’s signature 16mm 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.
Director: Marie Losier
Writers: Marie Losier, Antoine Barraud (co-writer)
7:15pm – 9:00pm
1018 WE Amsterdam (NL)