Queer Latinx VoicesA compilation of films that center the Queer Latinx experience
We are proud to present this special edition of our Queerantine List, curated by our friends at El Cine, featuring films that center the Queer Latinx experience.
La Casa de las Flores
The House of Flowers is a Mexican black comedy-drama television series created by Manolo Caro, who we call the closest person to a Mexican Almodovar. It depicts a dysfunctional upper-class Mexican family that owns a prestigious flower shop called ‘La Casa de las Flores’. The series, almost entirely written and directed by its creator, stars Telenovela ICON Verónica Castro. It’s a soap opera made for the Netflix viewer. It brings to light the struggle of being true to your sexuality in a world dominated by macho culture. Won’t give away any spoilers but you can catch a glimpse into the drag world of Mexico City!
Available for rent/purchase Amazon Prime
A 2016 Mexican drama directed by Amat Escalante. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival,  with Escalante winning the Silver Lion for his direction. This film is for the horror lovers; it deals with the Monster in society, a monster of a person, and a literal monster.
My Favorite Shapes by “Space Prince” Julio Torres
Streaming on HBO Now
Comedian and writer Julio Torres examines his favorite shapes — yes, that’s right — which include a plexiglass square, an oval that wishes he were a circle, a self-conscious cactus and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. Each of his shapes contains multitudes, which Torres explores with fantastical stories and humorous anecdotes. This is a great, smart, comedy special that is the perfect shift in perspective as we sit and stare at the same objects in our home. #quarantinelife
Streaming on HBO Now
This series follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life. Executive produced by Fred Armisen and our Space King Julio Torres. This is a perfect show for those of us who are brainstorming for our next job.
Pedro Almodovar’s Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Available to rent / buy on Amazon
You could do an entire Quarantine of Almodovar films and we would strongly recommend it. We do believe that a good entry point is All About My Mother, a 1999 film which deals with complex issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, transsexualism, faith, and existentialism. The film was a commercial and critical success internationally, winning the Oscar AND the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
Mosquita y Mari
Streaming on Kanopy
Aurora Guerrero’s debut feature was recently screened at Outfest Fusion 2020 in connection with the Outfest Legacy Project. Winner of the Best First Feature Award at Outfest Los Angeles 2012, this refreshingly earnest portrait follows the budding friendship between two Chicana high schoolers in Huntington Park. The shining hope of her Mexican immigrant parents, Yolanda strives for a better life through academics, while her rebellious and charismatic neighbor Mari navigates the precarity of undocumented life with her family. Marvel at this wonderful film, then go catch director Guerrero’s episodes of Netflix’s fantastic new series, Gentefied!
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