What is the name of the film about the autobiography of a Spanish/Latin/Mexican gay writer/poet?

Sorry, little sketchy on details. It’s an autobiography I remember one part after a night of partying, everyone is asleep and a midget comes out of a wardrobe and tries to steal the hot air balloon in the room. He also spends some time in prison writing for people who can’t.

I don’t know the ethnicity of the author.

I think it ends with the author and his lover going to america. The guys lover has aids.

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  1. This might not be it, but I thought I’d give it a try:
    Before Night Falls (2000)
    starring Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido
    IMDb synopsis:
    Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro’s rebels. By 1964, he is in Havana. He meets the wealthy Pepe, an early lover; a love-hate relationship lasts for years. Openly gay behavior is a way to spite the government. His writing and homosexuality get him into trouble: he spends two years in prison, writing letters for other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriends Lázaro Gomes Garriles, with whom he lives stateless and in poverty in Manhattan after leaving Cuba in the Mariel boat-lift. When asked why he writes, he replies cheerfully, "Revenge."

    Here’s one site that has copies:

    YouTube has the film. Here’s Part 1:


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