Saturday, September 16, 2023

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante, one of the most highly anticipated queer films since its announcement in 2018, already hit theaters this september and its first teaser is out.

Based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by gay author Benjamin Alire Saenz, the boy-meets-boy tale follows two Mexican-American teenagers in El Paso, Texas in 1987.

Aristotle (or Ari) is played by Max Pelayo while Dante Quintana is portrayed by Reese Gonzales. Ari and Dante cross paths at a public swimming pool one summer. The pair form an instant bond that changes troubled Ari’s isolated life.

The free-spirited Dante introduces Ari to music, poetry, and lessons about the sky. Ari lets his guard down and explores a new, unusual friendship and the difficult road to self-discovery.

Trans filmmaker Aitch Alberto read the novel in one sitting almost ten years ago. Crafting the film adaptation spanned a seven-year period that encompassed the trans filmmaker’s own gender transition journey.

Prior to its public release, Aristotle and Dante screened in several film festivals, including the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Outfest Los Angeles 2023.

Watch the trailer below:

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