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END OF THE CENTURY: “THE BEST GAY FILM OF THE YEAR”

Lucio Castro’s poignant and sexy romance will break your heart and mend it all at once.

In his alluring debut feature, Lucio Castro offers both a sun-soaked European travelogue and an epic, decades-spanning romance. When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. After a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter escalates to a seemingly random hookup. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other’s histories—and maybe even their destinies?

Castro deliberately parses out mystery after mystery, leading the audience on a journey of discovery as the two leading men discover themselves and each other. With sumptuous lensing of a Barcelona summertime and tangible chemistry between the actors, END OF THE CENTURY is a love story that echoes across time.

Reviews

“THE BEST GAY FILM OF THE YEAR.”
– Jude Dry, IndieWire

“Poetic. Ambitious. Ambiguous… A promising first feature.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“a gorgeous examination of what 21st century relationships can look like.”
– Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla

“a sublimely haunting experience… Lucio Castro’s debut feels like a gay spin on Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy, all distilled into a single film.”
– Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap

“An absolutely hypnotic romance… Pure magic.”
– Gary Kramer, San Francisco Bay Times

“A hell of a debut… a profoundly moving, intensely quiet romance drama.”
– Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast

End of the Century is at its most intense, and sexiest, when it’s also at its most unknowable.”
– Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

“An erotic, emotional imagining of a Grindr hookup as memory palace.”
– Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter

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