Script Pool Film
The Mysterious Gaze of the Flamingo
- A girl fights against the rumor of a disease said to be spread by gay men through their gaze.
Year 1984. In a desert mining town, Lidia (12) is raised by her brother Alexo (23). Every day they are visited by Alexo’s boyfriend Flamingo (37), a cheerful transvestite. Lidia’s world starts to break down after she and Alexo find out about Flamingo’s death, affected by a mysterious disease. Men in town are terrified of this plague that is rumored is transmitted when a man falls in love with another through his gaze. Alexo is suspected to have the disease and is forced to bandage along the transvestites in town. To save her brother, Lidia fights back ignorance and homophobia and dismantles the rumor, encouraged by fantastic manifestations of Flamenco’s soul. Alexo’s life is approaching its end. The two siblings understand it’s time to say goodbye so he can reencounter Flamenco and Lidia start a new life.
Diego Céspedes is a Chilean filmmaker. Born in 1995, he studied Film & Television at University of Chile. He worked as a cinematographer and editor on several short films in college, such as Non Castus by Andrea Castillo, Special Mention at Locarno FF 2016, Pardi di Domani. In 2018, he wrote and directed his first short film: The Summer of the Electric Lion, First Prize in Cannes FF, Cinéfondation; and Nest First Prize, San Sebastián FF. Also, the short film was selected at Sundance, Palm Springs, Biarritz, AFI Fest, among others.
Giancarlo Nasi born 1986 works as leading producer in Quijote Films, collaborating both in many films that have been internationally acclaimed. Between his latest projects are The Man of the Future by Felipe Ríos, premiered in Karlovy Vary FF 2019, Official Selection; Lina from Lima by María Paz González, premiered at TIFF 2019, Discovery Section; and White on White by Theo Court, Best Director Award at Venice FF 2019, Orizzonti Competition.
Quijote Films is a production company founded in 2009 by Constanza Erenchun and Yassin Velásquez with the aim to support young and challenging voices in contemporary Chilean filmmaking.