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.


WEIRDOS
2016, 89 min, Canada, Dir: Bruce McDonald

In this offbeat and endearing B&W coming-of-age story set in Nova Scotia during 1976, 15-year-olds Kit (Dylan Authors) and Alice (Julia Sarah Stone) decide to hitchhike out of their tiny hometown to visit Kit’s eccentric, unstable mother (Molly Parker) in faraway Sydney. As romantic tension rears its head between the two platonic pals, this summer trip leads straight to the strange confusions of adulthood. An understated and insightful road movie, WEIRDOS boasts an excellent 1970s soundtrack, an impressive ensemble cast and a dollop or two of magic realism - even Andy Warhol shows up!


NOTHING IN RETURN
A CAMBIO DE NADA
2015, 6 Sales, 93 min, Spain, Dir: Daniel Guzmán

Seeking escape from his parents’ acrimonious divorce, teen Dario (Miguel Herrán) gets into minor scrapes with lifelong buddy Luismi (Antonio Bachiller) and finds a surrogate family in Madrid with a mechanic and a 90-year-old junk dealer. With his background as an actor, writer-director Guzmán has a sharp eye for detail, and this Málaga Best Film winner has an appealing naturalism from first frame to last. “A high-energy, feel-good movie with the warmest of hearts.” – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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