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A new month, a new movie! The outdoor cinema had been a topic for some time, and it became a reality with its first film “Carpinteros” by José María Cabral.  Since then, it has shown a total of five Dominican movies. This month, the Dirección General de Cine, Chavon School of Design, and Casa de Campo invite you to enjoy another screening under the stars at the world renown amphitheater! The open air cinema will be showing Cocote on Wednesday, May 30th!

Cocote is directed by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias. Born in Santo Domingo in 1985,  he studied cinematography in Buenos Aires and at the Edinburgh College of Art where he started making experimental films. He later received his MFA in film and video at CalArts where he directed a feature essay for his thesis, Santa Teresa Y Otra Historias (2015), which won the Prix Georges de Beauregard in Marseille and went on to be selected in Toronto. He signed several shorts including Le Dernier des bonbons (2011) and Lullabies (2014).

The movie premiered at the Locarno festival and was the winner of the Signs of Life Award “For its creative reinvention of the traditions of anthropological cinema”, the jury explained. The film has also won prizes in important festivals around the world, such as Cartagena, Mar del Plata, Istambul and screenings and premieres in Buenos Aires and New York (Lincoln Center and MOMA).

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“Cocote”, a Dominican idiom that equally defines the neck of a person or an animal or the hope that something will happen. The film follows the story of Alberto, an Evangelical Christian man who works as a gardener in a wealthy house in Santo Domingo, who interrupts his work to go to his father’s wake. There he finds out that his father has actually been murdered and his family expects him to “take care” of his killer. Between rituals and existential crises a new view to the law of Talión “a tooth for a tooth” now “a Cocote for a Cocote.”

* Pictures from Cocote facebook page.

Screening: “Cocote” by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias

When: Wednesday, May 30th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Altos de Chavón Amphitheater