Chucho E. Quintero

Chucho E. Quintero is a queer writer/director born and raised in Mexico.

For my money, along with Julián Hernández, Chucho is the most important cinematic chronicler of gay male life in the world right now, as far as I know. His most recent short, Panquecito (available for free on Vimeo), playfully and artfully depicts a hilarious hookup between three guys, two of whom compete for trade. It’s a strong statement of sexual pride and identity and it far exceeds expectations for what young gay male cinema should do and be.

His previous speculative experiment, Velociraptor, performed similar small miracles. His latest feature, These Peculiar Days, packs so many relationship turns and twists into its narrative that it almost outdoes its antecedents, such as The Big Chill or Diner, at least in terms of detailed characterizations, all while modernizing the sexual dynamics.

Anything Chucho does is worth watching so I can’t wait for him to finish his first Stateside, English-language project, Kitty. He deserves to get notice from the big leagues. I’m just not so sure they deserve him. Following the biographical excerpts, check out the links to reviews of Chucho’s films, as well as an interview.

“Chucho E. Quintero was born in Río Blanco, Veracruz, Mexico in 1989. He has studied with teachers such as Paula MarkovitchIgnacio OrtizJaime Humberto Hermosillo, and Jorge Ayala Blanco. He has worked as a translator/interpreter for several Mexican film festivals since 2009, and he has subtitled films for several international filmmakers. In 2011, he premiered his first feature called Six Pack (2011) at the 15th Mix Mexico Film Festival, where he won the IMJUVE Award for Best Director Under 30 for his short film, Félix et le poisson (2011). He briefly attended Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, where he shot his latest short film, 100 metros estilo libre (2013). His feature length film, Velociraptor (2014), won the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the 17th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2015, and got picked up by TLA Releasing for international distribution. His latest feature is These Peculiar Days (Los días particulares, 2019). He is currently working on Kitty, his first English-language film.” — From IMDb “Nace en Río Blanco, Veracruz, México en 1989. En 2011, gana el Premio del IMJUVE como Mejor Director Joven durante el XV Festival Mix de Diversidad Sexual en Cine y Video por su cortometraje Félix y el pez. Estrena su ópera prima Six Pack también en 2011 y su siguiente película, Velociraptor, gana el Premio del Jurado como Mejor Largometraje en el XVII Festival de Cine Gay & Lésbico de Miami en 2015 para posteriormente ser distribuida en Estados Unidos y Europa por TLA Releasing. Actualmente se encuentra post-produciendo su tercer largometraje, Los días particulares.” — From Film in Latino [Spanish]

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