DIRECTOR: Diego Araujo

From its purposefully disorienting opening credits that invert the cityscape of Quito, questions of perspective motivate Ecuadorian writer-director Diego Araujo’s feature debut towards its justified tagline: “In a world turned upside down, life reveals new paths to explore.” Doe-eyed, poetry-loving Juampi (Juan Manuel Arregui) feels his own world turn upside down when he meets leather-clad Juano (Diego Andres Paredes) during a holiday visit to the Andean home of Juampi’s ruling-class uncle, who is caught up in the scandalous 1999 collapse of Ecuador’s banking system. As much a study of the erotics sparked between social classes—Juano is a lower-class indigenous Quechua—as it is a portrait of the slow burn of first love, Holiday achieves sensual expression through the waterfall baptisms of initiatory desire.

Quiet, observant Juampi meets slightly criminal Juano stealing hubcaps from his uncle’s car and helps him escape a near beating. He finds more in common with Juano and his love for heavy metal and motorcycles than he does with his hectoring cousins who bully him for being sensitive. Seeking to situate himself in an honest, independent world separate from his corrupt family, Juampi leans into Juano’s dark, sleek body. Are Juano’s feelings for him reciprocal? Holiday delicately captures the uncertain questioning of youth before commitment to orientation.

— Michael Guillen

In Spanish with English subtitles.

This film is eligible for the Frameline38 Wells Fargo First Feature Award.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F125

Co-presented by:
Cine+Más San Francisco Latino Film Festival

Sponsor: Damron

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