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Bruising for Besos | Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017
February 22, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm UTC+11
Bruising for Besos | Wed 22 Feb 8.30pm, Golden Age Cinema & Bar | TIX: bit.ly/2hLpLFZ
Written, produced, directed, and starring Adelina Anthony, Bruising for Besos is a remarkably well-executed film about the cycle of domestic abuse (‘besos’ is Spanish for ‘kisses’). Yoli (Anthony), the Xicana (Mexican-American) protagonist, is a bit of a player. She’s often struggling to make ends meet, yet enjoys life among her chosen LA family of trans and queer people of colour.
When she meets Daña, a passionate Puerto Rican, sparks fly instantly and continue as their connection and intimacy builds. Yoli has recently started revisiting her dark past, while Daña, a devoted Catholic, struggles to deal with the sins of the present. The relationship oscillates between sexy, sweet, loving moments and the unleashing of their demons. While the story only sometimes gets intense, it’s always intelligent and most of all, real.
The screenplay is based on Anthony’s solo play, which first took shape in classes lead by pioneering writer/academic Cherie Moraga in 2003. The play premiered in 2009 and the evolution of the screenplay culminated with an invitation to take part in a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive with Golden Globe winner Joan Tewkesbury in 2014. Support came from the likes of Guinevere Turner, who briefly appears in the film.
“Bruising for Besos is a powerful ode to reconciling your history in order to discover happiness and acceptance.” – NBC News
“This just-under-an-hour-and-a-half Latina lesbian drama has a strong forward thrust in the writing and direction, some excellent acting, and a favorable attitude of “guess who’s lez, bi, straight or trans? We ain’t gonna tell you directly.”” – Edge Media Network
“It is passionate and it is violent…Adelina Anthony deals in reality, hoping to open up a conversation about these issues.” – Remezcla
This film is screening with open captions
Contains depictions of domestic violence and trauma