Cine Latino: Woodpeckers
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Film Info
Original Title:Carpinteros
Program:Cine Latino
Masters
Cine Latino Encores
Tags:Crime
Drama
Romance
Oscar Submission
Release Year:2017
Runtime:106 min
Country:Dominican Republic
Language:Spanish
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGBVKLIbDqk
Cast/Crew
Director:Jose Maria Cabral
Producer:Jose Maria Cabral
Maria Jose Pena Ripoll
Cinematographer:Hernan Herrera
Screenwriter:Jose Maria Cabral
Editor:Jose Maria Cabral
Composer:Freddy Ginebra
Principal Cast:Jean Jean
Ramon Emilio Candelario
Judith Rodriguez Perez
Description
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Sent to Santo Domingo’s notorious Najayo prison for theft, wily and intelligent Julian (Jean Jean) quickly acclimates himself to his brutal new surroundings, using the prison’s hidden economies to his advantage while desperately trying to hold on to his humanity. When psychotic Manaury (Ramon Emilio Candelario) is sent to solitary, he enlists Julian to take over ‘woodpecking’—an intricate sign language used to communicate with nearby female inmates—with his girlfriend, the beautiful, tough as nails Yanelly (Judith Rodriguez). As Julian and Yanelly’s communication grows into something deeper, Manaury’s suspicions drive him over the edge, sending the trio into an unexpected life or death confrontation in this stunning new film.

Winner of both the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor awards at this year’s Guadalajara International Film Festival, the fifth feature from writer/director Jose Maria Cabral heralds a major new voice in a burgeoning Dominican film industry. Equal parts tender love story and gritty realist drama, Woodpeckers is the unforgettable breakout from one of the Dominican Republic’s most exciting young filmmakers.

Dominican Republic’s selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

Confinado por robo a la famosa cárcel de Najayo en Santo Domingo, el astuto e inteligente Julián (Jean Jean) se aclimata rápidamente al brutal escenario, sacando provecho de la economía subterránea de la cárcel y tratando, desesperadamente, de preservar su humanidad. Cuando el psicótico Manaury (Ramón Emilio Candelario) es enviado a reclusión solitaria, enlista a Julián para que se encargue de “carpintear”, o sea de comunicarse mediante un complejo lenguaje de señas utilizado para intercambiar mensajes con las presas de la cárcel vecina, con Yanelly (Judith Rodríguez) la bella y compleja novia de Manaury. A medida que la comunicación entre Julián y Yanelly se profundiza, los celos enloquecen a Manaury y el trio se encuentra sorpresivamente en una confrontación de vida o muerte en este maravilloso film.

Ganador del premio especial del jurado y del premio al mejor actor en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara 2017, este quinto largometraje del escritor y director José María Cabral anuncia una nueva voz fundamental en la creciente industria dominicana de cine. Con partes iguales de historia de amor y drama descarnado, Carpinteros es el inolvidable surgimiento de uno de los más sorprendentes cineastas de la República Dominicana.


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