Carmita

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    Carmita

    Directed by

    Mexico, Argentina

    2013

    80 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Nearly half a century ago, Carmen Ignarra arrived to Mexico after leaving behind her Cuban homeland, in the hopes of becoming the greatest Caribbean actress in Hollywood. But the American dream tur- ned out to be more difficult than she’d thought, and her brief initial success was followed by a slow, painful decline. Today, at 80, the woman who was once Cuba’s most beautiful actress lives totally forgotten in an old mansion in Monterrey. There she survives thanks to her tenants—strange men who she is constantly blaming for mysterious thefts and disappearances. Laura, a young woman also from the Caribbean, arrives at the mansion to work as an assistant in cleaning and housekeeping. With her she brings a video camera and the secret intention of making a documentary about the diva. Together they talk about the past, about wasted talent and lost loves.

    Credits

    Cast
    Carmen Ignarra
    Laura Amelia Guzmán
    Israel Cárdenas
    Screenplay
    Israel Cárdenas
    Laura Amelia Guzmán
    Cinematography
    Israel Cárdena
    Editing
    Israel Cárdenas
    Production
    AURORA DOMINICANA
    Laura Amelia Guzmán

    Laura Amelia Guzmán

    Dominican Republic

    Our experience in cinema has helped us understand human relations and their complexities; how fragile or strong we can become.

    Scriptwriter, producer and director Laura Amelia Guzmán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1980 and attended the International Film School in Cuba. Since 2004 she lives between Dominican Republic and Mexico. She forms a directorial duo with her husband Israel Cárdenas. Together they run their production company Aurora Dominicana. Their latest film HOLY BEASTS (2019) premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for two Panorama Audience Awards and a Teddy (Best Feature Film).

    Selected Filmography

    Israel Cárdenas

    Israel Cárdenas

    Mexico

    Our experience in cinema has helped us understand human relations and their complexities; how fragile or strong we can become.

    Israel Cárdenas (1980, Mexico) produced several projects, ranging from music videos and TV spots, to documentaries and short films. He forms a directorial duo with his wife Laura Amelia Guzmán. Together they run their production company Aurora Dominicana. Their latest film HOLY BEASTS (2019) premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for two Panorama Audience Awards and a Teddy (Best Feature Film).

    Selected Filmography