El Paso’s own Cassandro is Lucha Libre’s most eccentric star. That’s saying a lot in the gaudy, flamboyant world of high-flying Mexican professional wrestling.
Cassandro has been the subject of pieces in The New Yorker magazine and other national and international publications, and now, “The Liberace of Lucha Libre” is having his story told on the big screen and the absolutely fabulous El Paso premiere is taking place at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo.
CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO, a documentary by award-winning French filmmaker Marie Losier, will debut at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May; but El Pasoans can see it first during the film’s red carpet premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo on Friday, March 15, 2019.
The action flies off the top rope beginning from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby with sticker giveaways, merch and a red carpet event. Cassandro will strut his stuff down the red carpet before the premiere screening at 7 p.m.
An additional screening will take place at 10 p..m. A Q&A, autograph signing and photo-ops with Cassandro will follow the 7 p.m. screening.
Cassandro – born Saul Armendariz – is an internationally known professional wrestler, born and raised in El Paso’s Lower Valley. Armendariz first entered the wrestling ring at the age of 17 when he began his training across the border in Juárez.
As one of Lucha Libre’s “exóticos” – men who perform Lucha Libre in drag – Cassandro was among the first in the sport to come out as openly gay. He was also the first exótico to become World Champion.
Marie Losier’s documentary takes viewers on a journey through Cassandro’s groundbreaking career with both humor and seriousness.
CASSANDRO, THE EXOTICO, takes a look at the man behind the flamboyant costumes and head butts, his hard-knock journey in spandex, makeup and trademark blown-out hair, as well as his life spread between two countries, battling addiction and performing as an openly gay man in a decidedly macho sport.