Holy Beasts

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    Holy Beasts

    La fiera y la fiesta

    Directed by

    • Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

    Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico

    2019

    90 min

    • French
    • English
    • Spanish

    Drama

    Fading actress Vera gathers with the remnants of her 70’s social circle to shoot her last film: an unfinished script left behind by cherished friend Jean-Louis Jorge. The Caribeean production is lavish, the musical numbers grand. But odd forces threaten the shoot. Vera turns to her ghosts for answers.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Geraldine Chaplin
    Udo Kier
    Luis Ospina
    Jaime Piña
    Jackie Ludueña
    Screenplay
    Laura Amelia Guzmán
    Israel Cárdenas
    Cinematography
    Israel Cárdenas
    Editing
    Andrea Kleinman
    Israel Cárdenas
    Pablo Chea
    Sales
    LATIDO FILMS
    Production
    AURORA DOMINICANA
    Production
    BATU FILMS
    Production
    LANTICA MEDIA
    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