The latest APERTURA program is this compelling coming-of-age drama about a rebellious teen girl whose life in a Puerto Rican village is transformed when her father returns from prison. Program begins with the Web series pitch “Los Curanderos.” Discussion after ANTES QUE CANTE EL GALLO with director Ari Maniel Cruz and cast members, followed by a cocktail reception in the courtyard for all attendees.
Presented by APERTURA Showcase in association with the American Cinematheque, with support from the Eastside Arts Initiative.
Program begins with the Web Series Pitch LOS CURANDEROS (2017, 5 min, Dir. Salvador Paniagua) and, in its theatrical debut, the animated short film that it is breaking the internet IN A HEARTBEAT (2017, 4 min, USA, Dir. Beth David & Esteban Bravo).
Discussion after ANTES QUE CANTE EL GALLO with director Ari Maniel Cruz and cast members, followed by a cocktail reception in the courtyard for all attendees.
Los Angeles Premiere!
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.
Feature in Spanish with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP