THE BELLA VISTA

EL BELLA VISTA

By Alicia CANO

TASKOVSKI FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2012

“The Bella Vista” is the story of a house started as a football club, becoming a successful transvestite brothel and changes at last to a Catholic Chapel.

Festivals
& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2012
Horizontes Latinos
Valdivia IFF 2012
Int'l Feature Films Audience Award
Mar Del Plata IFF 2012
Competencia Latino Americana Mention
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • URUGUAY
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alicia CANO
    • Producer(s)
    • Thomas MAUCH
    • Synopsis
    • On the outskirts of a small provincial city in Uruguay, the BELLA VISTA Football Club lost its final game and was eliminated from its category; a fight broke out between the fans and players and the club was disbanded.
      The club house, empty for some time, was taken over by a well-known madam, who quickly turned it into a brothel for transvestites, with great success.
      Every night the neighborhood was overrun with cars, bicycles, horses, moans, shouts and fighting. Local residents, some frightened, others fed up, brought these stories to the attention of Patón Lerena, former director of the club, patriarch of a large family and local strongman. He immediately gathered a group together to evict the “undesirable” elements from the club. As if to exorcize the sinful past that had impregnated the place, the local residents established a Catholic chapel there: the Jesus of Mercy Oratory.
      Since then, guided by a cheerful nun, the children attend catechism classes and dance and sing their praises to the Lord in the rooms that formerly housed the brothel. The transvestites were forced back into street prostitution. Patón Lerena has a brick factory and a family of six children and 20 grandchildren whose lives he runs.
      A madam and two transvestites, a macho-man and a devout old lady, will bring to life this battle for control of a single physical space, all of them driven by the same motivation: passion.
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