Five different teenagers in the U.S. and Bolivia strive to make sense of their sexuality, revealing what is universal about the human experience. These characters from diverse backgrounds – a rich stud, a poor Bolivian school girl, a Colombian boy visiting his Bolivian cousin, an African American college student and a secretly gay football player/model – have nothing in common except the desire to experience true intimacy.
Rodrigo Bellott was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 1978. He has a BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts with a minor in Art History from Ithaca College. His first student film, DESTIERRO, was one of five films around the world nominated for a student Academy Award in 2001, and won several student film festivals. His next few shorts won several short film awards and were officially selected to over 50 festivals around the world.
While still attending college, Rodrigo wrote and directed DEPENDENCIA SEXUAL (Sexual Dependency), his first feature film. The film was finished in 2003 and had its world premiere at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival, the very same day of his 25th birthday. At Locarno, the film won the FIPRESCI award, and since then, has received seven other awards on four different continents as well as tremendous critical reception at over 56 festivals, including Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, AFI and Telluride. The film was a box office success in Bolivia, and marked the… read more