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Amazon Prime Video has swooped on the critically acclaimed Chilean LGBTQ+ drama My Tender Matador for Latin America.
The film — which first bowed in the Venice Days sidebar of the 2020 Venice Film Festival — won the audience award in the Open Horizons section of the 2020 Thessaloniki Film Festival. Meanwhile, its lead actor Alfredo Castro won two major awards at the 35th Guadalajara International Film Festival: Mexican Premio Mezcal best actor and Premio Maguey best performance.
Based on the novel of the same name by noted LGBTQ+ activist and writer Pedro Lemebel and written and directed by award-winning director Rodrigo Sepúlveda Urzúa, My Tender Matador, set in 1986 under Pinochet’s dictatorship, tells the story of the intimate friendship that develops between an impoverished aging drag queen, known as the “Queen of the Corner” (Castro), and a guerrilla fighter.
In its review, The Hollywood Reporter described it as “an intimate and classical portrait of two vastly different radicals.”
A pan-Latin American co-production, the film is produced by Lucas Engel, Florencia Larrea, and Gregorio Gonzalez of Forastero in Chile; Ezequiel Borovinsky of Tornado in Argentina; Alejandro Israel and Diego Martinez Ulanosky of Caponeto in Mexico; and Jorge Lopez Vidales of Zapik Films in Chile. Stanley Preschutti of Grandave Capital serves as an executive producer.
My Tender Matador is part of Grandave International’s lineup at the virtual European Film Market.
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