Documentary Quebranto about sexual diversity at Teatro Santa Ana
By Jesús Ibarra
On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, La Biblioteca is presenting several exclusive events each month, with an open invitation to the general public.Cine/Film Quebranto (Disrupted), documental/documentary Español/Spanish with English subtitles Talk with director Roberto Fiesco/Plática con el director Roberto Fiesco Fri, Apr 4/Vie, Abr 4 7pm Teatro Santa Ana Reloj 50-A Donation/Cooperación: 30 pesos
April starts with the exclusive presentation of Quebranto (Disrupted), a documentary by Mexican director Roberto Fiesco that has triumphed in various film festivals. Among the awards it has received is the Maguey Award 2013, wich recognizes film productions on sexual diversity at the International Film Festival in Guadalajara (FICG).
Disrupted is a documentary with a special narrative that makes it seem fictional. It tells the story of Doña Lilia Ortega and her son, Fernando García Ortega (“Pinolito”), a child actor in the Mexican cinema of the 1970s, who took part in films such as Fe, esperanza y caridad (Faith, Hope and Charity), by Jorge Fons, playing opposite Katy Jurado, and The Children of Sanchez by Hal Bartlett, opposite Anthony Quinn, among other movies.
As an adult, Fernando revealed his sexuality and “ceased to be a boy to become a girl,” transformed into Coral Bonelli. Today she lives with her mother in an old apartment in Garibaldi and has made a living by participating in transvestite shows and choreographing parties for 15 years-old girls. The film has beautiful and well-realized sequences, such as one that inserts shots of Katy Jurado, who played Pinolito’s mother in Fe, Esperanza y Caridad, walking in the street, dressed in black, into shots showing Coral dressed like Katy and walking the same streets as an off-screen voice talks about the mother–child relationship. Disrupted is fun and heartbreaking as well. It is a touching story, well spun by Fiesco, ranging from the beginnings of Fernando on the screen to the prostitution of Coral in the streets, with good photography and lighting, portraying every line that crosses the face of Doña Lilia.
“It’s an emotional journey with poignant, dramatic and terrible moments; they have lived through very difficult situations, such as death, illness, defeat and frustrated hopes. But amidst all the drama there is also a deep sense of humor and an endearing relationship between them, which is touching for the public,” said Fiesco, who has just won another award at the Cartagena Film Festival for his short film Estatuas (Statues).
Disrupted will be showcased at the Teatro Santa Ana on Friday, April 4, at 7pm, in Spanish with English subtitles. The film’s director will talk with the audience after the screening.