Mucho Mucho Amor
Directed by: Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch
USA, 2020, 96m
Flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender-nonconforming legend Walter Mercado exploded stereotypes when he began performing in 1969 and charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Reaching millions of households across the US and Latin America, Mercado was equal parts Liberace, Oprah, and Mr. Rogers, and was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture—until 2007 when he mysteriously disappeared. Over a decade later, filmmakers Cristina Costantini (the Sundance-winning Science Fair) and Kareem Tabsch (“Dolphin Lover,” FFF 2015) find Walter and invite the audience into his home and world as he prepares to restore his legacy in the public eye. Having grown up watching him with their grandparents, they have crafted an inspired and jubilant film with humor and affection—one which truly captures how this nostalgic cult icon of self-expression and positivity rose above homophobia in Latin society with his message of love and hope to become so revered by the gender-fluid youth of today.