FQ Columnist Bilal Qureshi observes that while think pieces and popular culture alike depict heterosexual relationships as in crisis in the age of Tinder, gay love is blossoming in mainstream cinema, breaking out of its marginalized festival circuits to help redefine what it means to love and be loved in 2019. As his starting point, Qureshi discusses Lucio Castro's End of the Century (2019), a deeply personal film (for both the director and this critic) that Qureshi sees as emblematic of the ways in which a new generation of films have expanded the canon of gay romance. No longer burdened by tragedy and the fight for equal rights, films such as End of the Century, Moonlight, and Call Me By Your Name are free to focus instead on the universal mysteries of love, in ways that appeal to straight and queer audiences alike.
Elsewhere: Romance Redux in Barcelona: End of the Century
Bilal Qureshi is a radio journalist and cultural critic exploring the intersection of international politics, identity and art. From 2008 to 2015, he served as producer and editor for NPR's All Things Considered. He now profiles authors, filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians for the network. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. He also co-hosts the FQ podcasts for Film Quarterly.
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Bilal Qureshi; Elsewhere: Romance Redux in Barcelona: End of the Century. Film Quarterly 1 March 2020; 73 (3): 79–82. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.73.3.79
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