Official Selection

Tengo miedo torero
My Tender Matador

by Rodrigo Sepúlveda
Chile, Argentina, Mexico, 2020, 93', color, DCP
Screenplay: Rodrigo Sepúlveda
Thursday 03 September 2020
22:00 Sala Astra 1 Press, Industry
Thursday 03 September 2020
22:15 Sala Astra 2 Press, Industry
Thursday 10 September 2020
17:00 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Friday 11 September 2020
15:00 Cinema Rossini Tickets
Saturday 12 September 2020
22:00 Sala Astra 1 Tickets, All Accreditations
Saturday 12 September 2020
22:15 Sala Astra 2 Tickets, All Accreditations

taken from the novel of the same name by
Pedro Lemebel

Sergio Armstrong
Ana Godoy
Rosario Suárez
Pedro Aznar
Santiago Fumagalli

production design
Marisol Torres
Carolina Espina

Alfredo Castro
[The Queen of the Corner]
Leonardo Ortizgris
Julieta Zylberberg
Sergio Hernández
Ezequiel Díaz
Amparo Noguera
[Mrs. Olguita]
Luis Gnecco
Paulina Urrutia
[Mrs. Clarita]

Florencia Larrea
Lucas Engel
Gregorio González
Ezequiel Borovinsky
Alejandro Israel
Diego Martínez Ulanosky
Jorge López Vidales

world sales
Grandave Capital

press office
Laurent Boye

Amid the political turmoil during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile in the 1980s, a poor old transvestite engages in a risky clandestine operation after falling in love with a guerrilla who asks her to hide dangerous secrets of the revolution at home.



2020 Tengo miedo torero [My Tender Matador]
2014 Aurora
2005 Padre nuestro [Our Father]
2002 Un ladrón y su mujer [A Thief and his Wife]

My Tender Matador has been a hard and adventurous task, as it took many years of work to bring this book to the big screen. I have always admired Pedro Lemebel's art, so it was an honor to direct the film adaptation of his first and only novel. As a director, I wanted to portray Santiago de Chile during the 1980s from a different perspective than other films that take place in this same context. The odd relationship between an elderly transvestite and an undercover guerrilla who is clearly using her to hide the weapons for the attack on Pinochet allowed me to show a city in ruins after a deadly earthquake, taken over by military forces, subject to nighttime curfews, and moving to the rhythm of protest chants, boleros and radio news. Although this is a poignant story, I avoided being melancholic about the past. The film is rather a complex exploration of homosexuality in a country dominated by tyranny and prejudice.

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Urzúa (Chile, 1959) is known for his distinguished career in television and cinema. His feature films A Thief and His WifeOur Father and Aurora, have been selected for some of the most prestigious international film festivals.

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