Plaza Catedral
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    Plaza Catedral

    Directed by

    Panama, Mexico, Colombia

    2021

    94 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Scope Expanded - Visions Scope Expanded - 2022 Academy Award Submissions for Best International Feature

    Alicia had a perfect life and lost it. Her 6 year old son died in an accident. Her grief is plagued by guilt. One night Chief, a streetsmart 13 year old who takes care of cars, arrives at her door bleeding from a gunshot wound, and begs her to let him inside. How far would you go to help a stranger?

    Awards

    • Panama's Official Submission to the 94th Academy Awards
    • Shortlist, Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards
    • Best Actor Award for Fernando Xavier De Casta and Best Actress Award for Ilse Salas - Guadalajara IFF
    • Best Film Audience Award - IFF Panama

    Credits

    Cast
    Ilse Salas
    Fernando de Casta
    Manolo Cardona
    Screenplay
    Abner Benaim
    Cinematography
    Lorenzo Hagerman
    Editing
    Soledad Salfate
    Music
    Mathew Herbert
    Danilo Perez (Special Participation on Piano)
    Production
    APERTURA FILMS
    Production
    BARRACUDA FILMS
    Production
    BLOND INDIAN

    Press

    Abner Benaim

    Abner Benaim

    Panama

    Cinema allows us to play outside the boundaries of reason, where the only logic that matters is the internal logic of the creative process; our desires. Cinema is a magical force; as familiar as love and as elusive as the imagination itself. It’s a powerful antidote against the difficulties that come with life (and death).

    Abner Benaim is a director, producer, and screenwriter who studied International Relations and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and later film directing at Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv. In 2004, he founded Apertura Films, an independent production company, in his native Panama, where he is considered a pioneer filmmaker.

    He is known for CHANCE (2009), INVASION (2014), RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME (2018) and PLAZA CATEDRAL (2021). Benaim’s films have been Panama’s official selection on three occasions for the Oscars. PLAZA CATEDRAL (2021), his latest feature film, was shortlisted at the 2022 Oscars, the first time in history for a film from Panama.

    Benaim’s films have been selected at prestigious film festivals such as SXSW, IDFA, HOTDOCS and True False, and have won multiple awards as well as critical acclaim. His projects have participated at Berlinale, Sundance and Jerusalem Lab.

    Benaim’s work deals with social issues and touching personal stories told in an unceremonious, sometimes humorous and irreverent tone.

    Selected Filmography