Cocote

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    Cocote

    Directed by

    Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany

    2017

    106 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Alberto, an evangelical gardener, returns to his hometown to attend his father’s funeral, killed by an influential man. To mourn the deceased, he is forced to participate in religion celebrations that are contrary to his will and beliefs.

    Awards

    • Signs of Life Award Electronic-Art.Foundation for Best Film - Locarno Festival
    • Special Jury Prize João Bénard da Costa - Lisbon & Sintra FF
    • Best Film - Cartagena IFF
    • Special Jury Prize - Istanbul FF
    • Dominican Republic's Submission for the 91st Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Vicente Santos
    Judth Rodríguez
    Yuberbi de la Rosa
    Pedro Sierra
    Isabel Spencer
    José Miguel Fernander
    Screenplay
    Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias
    Cinematography
    Roman Kasseroller
    Editing
    Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    GUASABARA CINE
    Production
    NABIS FILMGROUP
    Production
    PANDORA FILM PRODUKTION GMBH

    Press

    The film... builds a universe as unknown as it is fascinating, engaging and seductive.

    Diego Batlle, Otros Cines

    Nelson De Los Santos Arias

    Nelson De Los Santos Arias

    Dominican Republic

    My work will always fight Latin American dogmatism, that’s why I don’t hesitate to work with different formats and textures, constantly playing with diegetic and extradiegetic sound, alluding to what is out of frame, that sometimes, like in a Dominican conversation, could crystallize into the narrative or not.

    Nelson de los Santos Arias was born in Santo Domingo and studied cinematography in Buenos Aires and at the Edinburgh School of Art where he started making short experimental films. His feature-length essay film SANTA TERESA Y OTRA HISTORIAS had its world premiere at FIDMarseille, where it won the Prix Georges de Beauregard, after which it was selected for the TIFF, the New York International Film Festival, Viennale and others. His latest film COCOTE premiered at Locarno Festival 2017.

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