ANTES QUE CANTE EL GALLO
BEFORE THE ROOSTER CROWS
2016, 97 min, Puerto Rico, Dir: Ari Maniel Cruz

After her mother heads for Florida with her boyfriend, Carmín (Miranda Purcell) is left to stay with her grandmother (Cordelia González) in Barranquitas, a mountainous village in central Puerto Rico. The old woman is strict, and the rebellious Carmín is miserable until her father, Rubén (José Eugenio Hernández) returns from prison - but his arrival creates unusual complications in this compelling coming-of-age drama. “Ari Maniel Cruz’s distinctive treatment, fusing strong, earthy performances, particularly from the young lead, intense atmospherics, and a frankly bizarre background, add up to a quietly evocative whole.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE VESSEL
2016, Outsider Pictures, 90 min, USA/Puerto Rico, Dir: Julio Quintana

In the feature debut from writer-director Julio Quintana, a Latin American fishing village is recovering from a tsunami. Ten years after a tidal wave washed dozens of elementary school students out to sea, young Leo (Lucas Quintana) nearly drowns. The local priest (Martin Sheen) sees his recovery as miraculous, and when Leo begins to build a strange structure out of the old school's remains, the whole town wonders if this is a sign from God. This enigmatic drama was executive produced by Terrence Malick, whom Sheen credited with his own spiritual awakening after the two had collaborated on the 1973 classic BADLANDS. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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