About

Extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming legend Walter Mercado charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture—until one day in 2007 he mysteriously disappeared. Over a decade later, the filmmakers find Walter and invite us into his home and interior world as he prepares to restore his legacy in the public eye.

The film explores Walter’s complex story from the rural sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to international astrology superstardom, rising above homophobia and the heteronormative beliefs of Latin society with a message of love and hope. From Latinx co-directors Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini (Science Fair, Festival Favorite Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival), Mucho Mucho Amor is a love letter to Walter Mercado. The filmmakers, who grew up watching him with their abuelitos, craft a film with levity and a playful spirit. Light-years ahead of his time, Walter has become a nostalgic cult icon of self-expression and positivity for the gender-fluid youth of today.

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Closed captioning, audio description, and enhanced audio for assistive listening are available for this film (short film prior to screening does not have CC or AD).

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 96 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Key Rat, Inc

WEBSITE https://www.muchomuchoamor.com/

EMAIL libralibrasagitario@gmail.com

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Artist Bio

Cristina Costantini

Cristina Costantini directed Science Fair, which won audience awards at both the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals in 2018, as well as an Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award for Best First Time Director. As an investigative journalist, she covered detention centers, sex trafficking, and the opiate epidemic. Her investigative work has been recognized with a GLAAD Media Award and an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.


Kareem Tabsch

Kareem Tabsch directed The Last Resort, an official selection of DOC NYC distributed by Kino Lorber. Previous films include the popular shorts Dolphin Lover, about a man’s amorous relationship with a dolphin, and Cherry Pop: The Story of the World's Fanciest Cat. He is the co-founder of the Miami art-house theater O Cinema.