Huelva Film Festival in Spain celebrates the vitality of Dominican cinema

The Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival pays tribute to films from the Dominican Republic with a cycle that will review the most outstanding productions made in the Caribbean country in recent years. A total of 12 titles are part of this selection, which can be seen from November 3 to 19 through the Filmin platform.

This Dominican film series completes the previous programming of the Huelva Festival at the beginning of the edition, on November 10, such as Cine de Verano, Cine Club or Ventana Cinéfila (Profestivales 21).

The Dominican cycle is part of the agreement signed during the last Cannes Festival by the General Directorate of Cinema (DGCINE) of the Dominican Republic and the Huelva Festival. The objective is to foster alliances between the audiovisual industry of Spain and the Dominican Republic, and to carry out cinematographic activities during the 49th (2023) and 50th (2024) editions of the Huelva Festival.

The cycle includes the following productions: “Miriam miente”, directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada (Spain, Dominican Republic, 2018), and winner of the Colón de Oro at the 44th edition of the Huelva Festival; “Perejil”, by José María Cabral (Dominican Republic, 2022), which participated in the last edition of the Huelva event; “Bantú mama” (Dominican Republic, 2021), by director Iván Herrera, which competed in 2021 in Huelva; “Carpinteros”, (Dominican Republic, 2017), a film by José María Cabral, with which he won the Best Director Award at the Havana Festival and which was selected at Sundance; “Jean Gentil”, co-directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas (Dominican Republic, 2010), which was distinguished with the Special Jury Mention at the Venice Mostra; “La hembrita”, also directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas (Dominican Republic, 2023); “Liborio” (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Qatar, 2021), by director Nino Martínez Sosa; “Carajita,” co-directed by Ulises Porra and Silvina Schnicer (Dominican Republic, Argentina, 2021), which received a Mention at the San Sebastian Festival; “Una película sobre parejas,” by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada (Dominican Republic, 2021); “Cocote”, by filmmaker Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias (Dominican Republic, 2017), which won the Golden Leopard in the Signs of Life section of the 70th edition of the Locarno Festival; “Flor de azúcar”, by Fernando Báez Mella (Dominican Republic, 2016); and the short film “Mofle”, directed by Fernando Henríquez (Dominican Republic, 2021), selected at the Busan International Short Film Festival.

In addition to this cycle, and by virtue of the agreement signed between the Huelva Festival and DGCINE of the Dominican Republic for 2023 and 2024, four film projects by Dominican creators, in the development and financing stage, will visit the next 49th edition of the Huelva Festival, in search of Spanish co-production. These are the productions “El sueño”, by Víctor Piñeyro; “La mansa”, by Karlina Veras; “Maguana racing”, by Juliano Kunert; and “Potspartum”, by Yinna de la Cruz. The four projects will be presented at a professional event for film producers during this year’s edition, from November 10 to 18.

Source: presidencia.gov.do

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