- Cassandro is a biographical drama based on the life of Saúl Armendáriz
- The film was lauded at the Sundance film festival screening in January 2023
- Fans can now watch Cassandro on Amazon Prime Video
The critically acclaimed biographical drama film on Saúl Armendáriz screened at the prestigious Sundance film festival in January 2023. After garnering positive reviews, the film is set to stream online and the official announcement regarding the same was made recently. Below are the details:
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Cassandro OTT Release Details
Fans can now watch Cassandro on Amazon Prime Video on September 22, 2023. Details regarding the OTT release of the film was shared on social media and a tweet regarding the same, read, “Go behind the mask with Gael García Bernal as he plays the real-life Liberace of Lucha Libre in the inspirational film #Cassandro – in select U.S. theaters September 15 and streaming globally September 22.”
Go behind the mask with Gael García Bernal as he plays the real-life Liberace of Lucha Libre in the inspirational film #Cassandro – in select U.S. theaters September 15 and streaming globally September 22. pic.twitter.com/v5QzmDZYWN
— Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) June 15, 2023
Directed by Roger Ross Williams and written by Roger Ross Williams and David Teague, Cassandro features a talented cast including Gael García Bernal, Roberta Colindrez, Perla De La Rosa, Joaquín Cosío, Raúl Castillo, El Hijo del Santo, and Bad Bunny. Produced by Gerardo Gatica, Todd Black, David Bloomfield, Ted Hope, and Julie Goldman, the cinematography has been done by Matias Penachino. The editing is done by Yibran Asuad, Affonso Gonçalves, and Sabine Hoffman, with the captivating music composed by Marcelo Zarvos. Escape Artists and Panorama Global have produced the film which is distributed by Amazon Studios.
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During the 1980s, Saúl Armendáriz, a gay wrestler, resides in El Paso, Texas, and frequently traverses the border into Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to engage in lucha libre wrestling bouts. Adopting the ring persona of El Topo, he continues his wrestling career until he encounters a fresh trainer named Sabrina. With her suggestion to compete as an exótico, Saúl embraces a new identity and experiences growing triumph as Cassandro.
Cassandro Review and IMDb Rating
Critics described the film as an entertaining biopic that explores fearless queer identity in a macho environment while depicting a touching mother-son love story. Several reviewers highlighted the lead actor’s performance and mentioned that it was his best in years, and has been characterized by cheeky humor, resilience, and radical self-belief. Moreover, the cast delivers their finest performances, filled with humor, resilience, and self-confidence. It was noted that the movie successfully balances the protagonist’s inspiring journey with the persistent prejudices they face, resulting in a captivating and emotionally rich exploration of self-discovery and acceptance. Users on IMDb have given Cassandro a rating of 6.6/10.