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 on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (RamAn 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. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city, or are they part of each others' histories--and maybe even their destinies? Castro deliberately parses out mystery after mystery, leading the audience on a journey of discovery as the two leading men discover themselves and each other. With sumptuous lensing of a Barcelona summer and palpable chemistry between the actors, END OF THE CENTURY is a love story that echoes across time.
- Aug 16, 2019