Acclaimed director Gabriel Vásquez is headed back to the big screen with Hotel Paraíso a film that takes a look at young male prostitution in Lima, the captial of Peru. The story is told through the eyes of the main character Andrés, a dress maker who is in charge of taking care of his younger brother.
Andrés is a young gay dress maker who lives with his younger brother in a gay porn cinema. He works in a small textile factory in order to save up some money and move to another place. after being fired because a series of rumors about his sexuality, Andres turns to Omar, an older man that makes a living out of prostitution, who introduces him to a community that has isolated from Peruvian society willing to find protection from its prejudices.
‘I’ve always been interested in addressing human issues like social exclusion and lonely characters looking for their place in the world.’ Gabriel Vásquez said when interviewed about making the film.
‘Through cinema, I intend to portray a known reality, but one that is not taken with much seriousness’ Vásquez says.
‘Young male prostitution is a topic that is not addressed by the media and it deserves to be exposed.’
The award-winning director currently studies at the Escuela Peruana de la Industria Cinematográfica, and will graduate after finishing this film. His work has been screened in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and his native Peru.
‘My commitment has always been with everyone who suffers indifference, and cinema is the force I [use] to tell their stories.’