Locarno in Los Angeles 2018 - Cocote
Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar 2017 DCP Color and Black and White 106' o.v. Spanish
Alberto (Vicente Santos), a gardener for a rich family in Santo Domingo, returns to his hometown after hearing of his fathers murder. Upon arrival, he discovers that his sisters expect from him to participate in the mourning rituals of the Nine-Nights. In this Southern region of the country, where traditions have developed around both Catholic and African elements, which differ on the forms of faith; hence, the evangelical Alberto sees the rituals as superstition. To complicate matters further, his hot-tempered sisters demand that he plays his part as the surviving man of the family and avenge their slain father. But the murder is anything but banal: brutal, ordered by an influential man and perpetrated by an old acquaintance. A soundtrack made of Dominican rhythms soar as the filmmaker lets scenes play out and mounting tensions reverberate. Winner: Signs of Life Award (Signs of Life).
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