Hold Me Like Before

201663 minsSpanish

Veronica is a transgender woman who works as a prostitute in the streets of San Jose. One night, the vehicle that travels with a few clients hits an enigmatic teenager known as Tato. So impulsive and solidarity, Veronica decides to take the boy to his apartment, where offered shelter and food. The next day, before the lack of understanding of the motives that drive the actions of your hostess, Tato is preparing a plan to escape. Identification, solidarity and tension arising between Veronica and Tato initially suffer very soon by the eagerness of Greta, a girl transgender who lives in the same apartment, and Thalaya, the friend and Adviser of Veronica comments. Thus, chained destinations "Hold me like before" slowly reveal the attempt of a few characters to reach that distant and happy idea which we call family, in the midst of a populated nightlife amorous encounters, music and competitions.  

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Festivals and awards:

  • CRFIC (Best Costa Rican Film and Best Central American Film)
  • International Film Festival, Panamá
  • Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI)
  • Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Toronto, Canada (Official Selection)
  • International Film Festival Guayaquil, Ecuador (Iguana Dorada Award to Best Actress)
  • LGBTQ Film Festival Palm Springs, California
  • Ícaro Film Festival, New York
  • Florence Queer Festival, Italy
  • Cape Town International Film Festival
  • MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Festival Colors (cinema + diversidade) Curitiba, Brazil (Best Film)
  • Queer Film Festival Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Central American Film Festival Viena
  • Latin American Film Festival Frankfurt
  • Central America International Film Festival, Los Ángeles (Best Actress)
  • Ícaro Central American Film Festival, Guatemala (Best Central American Film, Best Actress, Best Director)
  • Calella Film Festival Spain (Best Script and Best Actress)


Director and Screenplay by: Jurgen Ureña
Producer: Gustavo Sánchez
Director of Photography: Gustavo Brenes
Editors: Ariadna Ribas and Alexandra Latishev
Art director: Olga Madrigal
Sound: Alexandra Latishev
Sound Design: Francisco Toro
Cast: Jimena Franco, Natalia Porras, Camilo Regueyra, Thalaya, Gabriela Sanabria y Ólger González