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The Dominican Republic film commission has put forward Cristo Rey as the Dominican Republic’s nomination for the Oscars!

Cristo Rey

Cristo Rey is a joint project between between Leo Proaño, who grew up here in La Romana, and Casa de Campo villa owner Sergio Gobbi, a film producer who has been in the business for more than 45 years, as well as the Dominican Republic’s first female director Leticia de Tonos Paniagua. The lead actors are James Saintil who plays “Janvier”, Akari Endo who plays “Jocelyn” and Yasser Michelén who plays “Rudy”.

Cristo Rey, a love story reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, which addresses the harsh reality of many aspects of life in the Dominican Republic, premiered in the Dominican Republic last December, and now its success continues – with a shot at winning an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category.

Cristo Rey premier

The Dominican Republic film commission has selected Cristo Rey from 11 other possibilities to be the Dominican Republic’s choice for this years Oscars nomination. As Leo Proaño explained to Casa de Campo Living, “now we have to compete against 70 or so other countries to be in the final 5 movies nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Film.”

“It is an honor to have been selected, but also the result of good team work. We didn’t get here by chance and it is thanks to every single person involved in the making of this film that we made it here. “ Added Leo Proaño, executive producer of Cristo Rey. Leo Proaño was also the producer of “La Extraña”, the first movie to be shot almost entirely in Casa de Campo, which is currently in cinemas in Puerto Rico.


Congratulations to Leo Proaño and Sergio Gobbi as well as the entire Cristo Rey team! We wish you the very best of luck!