Get ready to swoon over the acclaimed gay romance End of the Century
Easily one of the past year’s most acclaimed gay-themed films, End of the Century, the seductive debut feature from writer/director Lucio Castro offers both a sun-soaked European travelogue and an epic, decades-spanning romance.
When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a thirty-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 unfolds 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. It won the “Best Film” award at the Buenos Aires Film Festival and the “Best First Film” prize at the Frameline: San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival.