"Los Plaseres Ocultos"
Directed by Eloy de la Iglesia
Virtually unknown to
American audiences, this complex updating of Death in Venice is among the most
powerful affirmations of gay life ever depicted on film. A closeted, middle-aged banker
falls in love with a poor but handsome 18-year-old student--with devastating consequences
for the young man. Carefully crafted and insightfully scripted, Los Placeres Ocultos
was the first openly gay film to emerge from Spain following the death of Franco. Spanish
with no subtitles.