Last March 5, I got an email from a festival in Turin, Italy that partly reads:
"Dear Joselito Altarejos,
Here's a little info about the Festival according to its website:
And the idea of the Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival "From Sodom to Hollywood" was born: Mai and Minerba attended many festivals to follow their work and realized that a great amount of important gay films never came to Italy. They started studying an idea of a festival to be presented to the official institutions of Region, Province and the City of Turin: but they were not given an answer for three years. In 1985, the "enlightened " Marziano Marzano was elected in the city council as councilor responsible for Culture and, among many controversies, some of them still existing, the festival, came to life in 1986, with the financial support from Turin Province and Piedmont Region, besides, the artistic and cultural support of many important national and international institutions like Museo Nazionale del Cinema, British Council, Goethe Institut, Colegio de Salamanca, B.F.I., Canadian Embassy, Spanish Culture Office, Centre Culturel Francais.
In the beginning, it was only a film show, but in 1989, it became a real festival, and in 1990 it obtained an official recognition from the Ministry of Tourism and Show.
Among its goals, this Festival has always had not only the need to show new films, but to keep a particularly aware Italian “eye” on the artistic and internationally acclaimed cinema that otherwise would never have a go in our country. A kind of cinema that has always had many difficulties to find a distribution in Italy. Think about the difficult distribution of videos, artistic documentaries and short films.. Attended by “professionals” (film critics and journalists), students and passionate film experts, this Festival has always kept a strong bond with the common filmgoer, offering spectacular moments taken from international realities and giving the new generation the opportunity to discover, through many retrospectives, the fundamental characters of gay films and culture.
This is the peculiarity of this Festival: in fact, comparing it with other international gay film festivals, you will notice that the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is one of a few in the world to receive a general recognition from the public and the press, newspapers and TV, following the event with increasing interest and support."
"Antonio's Secret takes a raw and honest look at the not-so-secret, and sometimes downright depraved, sex life of teenage boys. Director Joselito Altarejos adds a layer of depth by telling a rich story of a confused young man, growing up with few available positive role models, who makes crucial choices and is forced to face their tragic consequences. Using sometimes a woobly, handheld camera without employing much of a musical soundtrack, except for the occasional tunes from the neighborhood musician, Altarejos pulls his audience in and makes it a highly voyeuristic and intimate affair.