FAGGOTS

Spain, 70’, HD

Luis (75), director of queer film collective Els QK’s doesn’t live in Barcelona no more, but stills comes back from time to time. On one of his trips, he walks around the “Gaixample”: each young gay man he meets brings back the memories of his young years with his friends… Very different times. When they walked around those streets, they usually did so running away from the police.
Luis recollections are accompanied by Leopoldo’s voice (70), a historian that ofers a very particular tour of the city: a homo-erotic route , in which he describes why Barcelona has always been the most “gay-friendly” town of all Europe.

Luis looks at the stores and observes that there is something for every type of gay men: athletes, fashionistas, SDMB… He sits down on a terrace to drink a coffee and remembers the films he did on his time.. Films in which the tendency was to laugh at tendencies, at advertisements, at masculinity, at the church… To laugh at all society. His characters were “sissies” or “transvestites”, always “faggots” – a word that he and his collective now defend, because it was the word they fought for for a long time. Now everything is about muscles. A tourist approaches and asks the bartender which is the best gay club around – he responds if he wants a “serious” club or a “faggot”-club. Luis is shocked, he doesn’t want a coffee now. He leaves.

Josep (70) is different… he always needed to go with the flow. Everyday he goes religiously to the gym, he dresses following the latest young fashion trends, his skin wouldn’t survive another surgery… He would pay anything to be with one of those “trendy” youn men, that what “keeps his motor rolling”.

Luis finally arrives at Jordi’s (78) home, who has big news for him… He has found the love of his life: in Cuba. He met hem through a social network. He has prepared everything with his lawyer… The boy is going to come, they will get married… And he will inherit everything. Luis cannot believe what he hears.

Joan and Emilio (70-80) are preparing their golden anniversary. It’s been 50 years enduring each other… and they couldn’t be more happy. Joan, evidently with more strength and energy, is taking control of the preparations, that will take place the same day as Roberto’s 80th birthday. While they decorate the house, they joke about who had the most lovers (military, artists, politicians…).

Luis asks Josep to go with him to the Filmoteca. He wants to donate his original films in return for a digitized copy that he will give Joan and Emilio as a present, but the bureaucracy is too big and they decline. Disappointed, Luis burns his films and seizes the opportunity: he has been invited to the presentation of a book on his biography and he gives a deep and hard speech on cinema and how films are not important if their themes are not trendy enough.

Alberto (28), is a young man from Madrid, he just graduated on Audiovisual Communication. Although he is heterosexual, he is responsible, thanks to his PhD thesis, of rescuing< the queer movie making made in Barcelona during the 70s and 80s. He is the author of the book on Luis’ and Els QK’s works, the mos suitable person to talk about the importance of their work.
In spite of all this, Luis falls into a depression and becomes isolated in his house, while the Gay Pride parties roam through the city.

The day of the golden anniversary has come, but Josep does not want to attend… He has hired a good-looking escort, but he’s not ready to celebrate that a couple of faggots have managed to be 50 years together, when he hasn’t been able to be with someone for more than five. Something similar happens to Leopoldo, that after telling the story of LGTB of Barcelona time and time again, feels that he has no personal story to tell. Jordi is about to live the “most crazy” moment of his life: he is going to the airport to welcome and meet for the first time the man that will become his significant other, the person that will look after him until his passing, the person that will inherit his legacy. And Luis is still sad because he does not have the present he wanted to give his friends.

Finally, as in the last 50 years, the friends get over their conflicts and differences and celebrate the long relationship of Joan and Emilio. Even Andy, the handsome and future husband of Jordi, seems like a good guy. Alberto asks Luis what is his present and he answers: a BluRay copy of “Gone with the Wind” – he makes fun of him and tells him to change it, giving him a DVD copy of his ‘Homoherejías Fílmicas’, Luis’ filmography. Luis accepts, visibly happy, and gives his present away. Alberto opens his bag puzzled with its weight, and finds a professional video camera in it, with a note that reads: “I knew you would make it. Enjoy your new camera – film whatever you like, but always try to say something important”. The party starts, with images of Luis’ films cut into it. They go dancing, and these old men teal the show in one of Barcelona’s gay clubs.

RICARDO GONZALEZ

Ricardo González is a filmmaer and cinema teacher form Venezuela. He is the author of TV-Documentaries like La Lupe: The Queen of the Latin Soul or Héctor Lavoe: el cantante de los cantantes (broadcasted in South America by HBO Latin Group). Carmen: canto de la mujer libre was his first feature documentary film for theaters. Last year he finished Art, a documentary shot in Japan for Tokyo Wonder Site. This year he won the Vimeo Audience Award with his short film Disconnected. Currently he is a Guest Professor at the Máster de Producción Audiovisual of the UAB.

La Cámara Oscura is a young producing company created by graduates of the Máster en Producción Audiovisual of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, moved by social themes (along this project they are working on a documentary film on Palestine and another on Venezuela).

Hyper Uranio Films is the producing company of Ricardo González, who has produced works by young venezuelan filmmakers.