Friday • October 18, 2019 • 8:15pmGuild CinemaSHOWCASE FILM
Sponsored byCentury 21 Unica
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 from New York 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. After the headlong rush into sex has passed, the two begin to talk and Javi opens a window on the past. Castro unfolds the story in a nonlinear fashion, following the pathways of the heart. As the puzzle comes together, a full and rich portrait of the two men emerges.The film deliberately parses out mystery after mystery, leading the audience on an enigmatic journey of discovery as the two leading men discover themselves and each other. Are the two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city, or are they part of each other’s histories—and maybe even their destinies? With sumptuous scenes of Barcelona in summertime and tangible chemistry between the actors, END OF THE CENTURY is a love story that echoes across time.