Spread Love: The Best of the Dominican Film Festival in New York – January 13-15

Dominican Film Festival

Cine Art Entertainment Production in partnership with Univision, Columbia University Medical Center and Telemicro invite you to “The Best of the Dominican Film Festival.”

This special presentation features 15 of the best films programmed in the last five years and will play between Friday January, 13th through Sunday, January 15, 2017.

The Dominican Film Festival showcases the absolute best of Dominican cinema every year and serves as an invaluable resource for both the Dominican film industry as well as connoisseurs of Dominican films. As part of the special program, the festival will host the US premiere of the film LOKI 7, directed by Ernesto Alemany, and featuring Dominican actor Isaac Panky Saviñon, who will be present for a Q&A. Get your tickets ASAP as these tickets will not last.

Support Here: Spread Love: The Best of the Dominican Film Festival in New York – January 13-15

MARÍA MONTEZ
Fri, January 13, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

María África Gracia Vidal knew she was destined to live a short life. While seeking Hollywood fame, she lost the two things that meant the most in her life: her family and her identity. She rejected her roots by changing her name to María Montez. Little did she know that it was her voluptuous figure and golden tanned skin that would help her become the famous Queen of Technicolor.

BIODEGRADABLE
Fri, January 13, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

In the year 2031, a drastic landscape in Latina America has ignited. The global crisis has destroyed the current political system, ultimately leaving a new form of government as an alternative. Despite the occurrence, a love story between Rosa and Daniel erupted where it is survived even through Gravelli, a powerful man. The story explores the human involution, in which the economic interests of a group of politicians have turned men and women into raw material for the sake of business.

CODIGO PAZ
Fri, January 13, 2017
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

Pedro Ruiz, is a Dominican real estate broker by day and a savvy but out-of-luck thief by night. Desperate to look for respect climbing the money ladder the easy way, he gets in the wrong mansion at the wrong time.

LA FAMILIA REYNA
Sat, January 14, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Columbia University Medical Center
650 West 168th Street – Alumni Auditorium

Description

Isaac is a young worker, entrepreneur, and the head of two families, both his own and that of his parents. He has had to carry on the business of his father, Mr. Abraham Reyna. His wife and son constantly tell him that he has too many occupations. His mother, Miss Sarah, continues to be a source of love and comfort that brings him peace and knowledge. Only one person is missing from his house—Ismael, his irreverent older brother who left the village years ago without a trace, never to be seen again… until now. Ismael has come back and the family will have to choose between bringing the past back or living the present.

DETECTIVE WILLY
Sat, January 14, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

Willy Echevarria is a policeman in a small town in the Dominican Republic. He’s also a fan of and yearns to be like the leads of classic Film Noir. After he is fired in a bumbled operation with his bad cop partner, Bruce Garcia, Willy has a chance to restore his career by finding a historical artifact that mysteriously went missing from a national museum.

YO SOY LA SALSA
Sat, January 14, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Columbia University Medical Center
650 West 168th Street – Alumni Auditorium

Description

Yo Soy La Salsa is a documentary that celebrates the life of Johnny Pacheco and his artistic career spanning a half century. The film follows the events leading to the birth of Salsa, that at first emerges more as a movement than a musical genre. Salsa was a cultural movement that emerged at a time of need for strengthening the Latino culture and it spread around the world with such force that 50 years later it is still moving the feet of the dancers in the most inhospitable corners of the world. At the heart of the movement is the figure of Johnny Pacheco, who is known as one of the greatest influences of the musical legacy of Salsa.

NO HAY MAS REMEDIO
Sat, January 14, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

Angel, Fonso, and Roberto, three elderly men with problems that can hardly be solved in the short time remaining in their lives, end up making a wrong decision; they commit a robbery at a pharmacy to get enough money to make their personal dreams come true. Age, technology, employees, the pharmacy’s customers … and a very particular society make their plans take a turn for the worse.

TODOS LOS HOMBRES SON IGUALES
Sat, January 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

Three men meet on a trip to the Dominican Republic. They all have something in common—they’re getting divorced. They hit it off and decide to share the same house and lifestyle. This lifestyle is governed by a set of rules; the most important is that none of the women they date can stay more than one night in the house. The twisted relationships with their ex-wives and their macho attitudes make this a one-of-a-kind comedy. The only woman who comes and goes is the maid.

LA GUNGUNA
Sat, January 14, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

The Gunguna is a tiny .22 caliber pistol with her own dark, untold past. She travels through the depths of the Caribbean underworld, leaving behind her a trail of catastrophic bad luck, mayhem and dark humor. The film showcases an array of intriguing, bizarre and downright shady characters, some of whom are motivated by revenge, others by deceit. From low-life loan sharks to arms dealers, professional snooker and domino players to corrupt police officials, their tense, violent and at times thought-provoking encounters interconnect and overlap in the midst of absurdity and irony. Within this dark world, The Gunguna herself becomes a symbol for some of the deep secrets that remain hidden within her gold-plated and cursed casing.

LOKI 7 (USA Premiere)
Sat, January 14, 2017
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Columbia University Medical Center
650 West 168th Street – Alumni Auditorium

Description

A thriller packed with scams and black humor. 7 friends are caught in a mess involving a lot of money and two mobsters, one Russian and one Dominican, who control the underworld of Punta Cana. The extent of the problem may cost them their lives, but with cunning ingenuity they manage to face the mobsters and escape their entanglement.

DOLARES DE ARENA
Sat, January 14, 2017
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. Along with her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, Anne, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years. Noelí’s boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes in.

A ORILLAS DEL MAR
Sun, January 15, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

When his father disappears from their fishing village, teen Pedro sets out to find his missing parent. While scouring the city he discovers that living is harder than he had originally thought. Safety and unconditional parental love are hard to find in this social drama. However, Pedro encounters humanity in the least expected places.

DOS POLICIAS EN APUROS
Sun, January 15, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

This is the story of Juan, a cop who dreams of joining the secret service, at the chagrin of his father, General Sánchez, who doubts he will make a good agent. As a last resort, Juan asks the toughest cop in his unit to train him. As part of his training, he will support Lieutenant Torres, a very meticulous FBI agent who comes to the Dominican Republic to investigate an international network of criminals headed by Mr. September.

LOCAS Y ATRAPADAS
Sun, January 15, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Comisionado de Cultura Dominicano en USA
541 West 145th Street 2nd Floor

Description

Trapped in an elevator for 12 hours, it is a tale of five women who find common ground in their daily struggles under a forced circumstance. The reveal of personal matters lead these women in managing the confinement of their situation as exposing their frustrations helped them in the end.

Support Here: Spread Love: The Best of the Dominican Film Festival in New York – January 13-15

Related: The 2016 Dominican Film Festival Kick-Off In Pictures

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