The drag Cinderella story you didn’t know you needed, PAGEANT MATERIAL is a heartfelt dramedy about the power of love, the kindness of strangers, and the magic of a cheap wig. Rodney is a gay 17-year-old living in small-town Alabama with his physically abusive stepdad and stepbrothers. When he learns about the upcoming Miss Teen Drag Atlanta Pageant, he must channel the spirit of his late, pageant-queen mom and plan his escape!
PAGEANT MATERIAL captures drag’s transformative energies and its caring community of queens. With memorable performances by newcomers Hart Morse (Rodney) and Marianne Johnson (his best friend/aspiring artist Monique), this fearless indie is the feature debut from director Jonothon Mitchell, star of Adult Swim’s “Dear Jono.” For extra drag cachet, the movie features Evah Destruction (“THE BOULET BROTHER’S DRAGULA,” Season 3) and a moving lip-sync of Kesha’s “Spaceship.” Fasten your seatbelts – you’ll want repeat rides on this emotional rollercoaster from the backwoods to the footlights!
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.