Global streaming giant Netflix has acquired a new documentary about extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic and gender non-conforming legend Walter Mercado ahead of its Sundance Film Festival premiere.
Mucho Mucho Amor tells the story of Marco (pictured), who was a celebrated part of Latin culture for over 30 years, rising to fame with televised horoscopes until he mysteriously disappeared from the public eye in 2007.
The feature doc sees its Latinx filmmakers, Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch, finding the cult figure in his home as he prepares to restore his legacy with a return to the world stage. The film also chronicles Marco’s life and career, from the rural sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to international astrology superstardom, rising above homophobia with his “message of love and hope.”
Onscreen interviews include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eugenio Derbez and Raul De Molina.
Mercado passed away in November of last year at the age of 87, of renal failure.
Mucho Mucho Amor is produced by Muck Media and Key Rat, Inc. Producers are Costantini, Tabsch and Alex Fumero, with Kathryn Everett and Bryn Mooser serving as contributing producers. Executive producers are Darren Foster, Lisa Leingang, Mona Panchal and Jeffrey Plunkett.
The film is an official selection in the U.S. documentary competition at Sundance, where it will have its world premiere Jan. 24. It also was one of the projects selected for the Tribeca Film Institute and Points North Institute’s fifth annual Camden/TFI Retreat, held in June of last year.
A Netflix launch date has not yet been set.
(Photo courtesy of Sundance)