A post by Peter Jordens.
El hombre que cuida [The Watchman], the feature film debut of Alejandro Andújar (Dominican Republic), has won the Yellow Robin Award for upcoming filmmakers from the Caribbean and Latin America at the 6th Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Award consists of a cash prize, participation in a talent development program, and screening of the film in the Bright Future program of International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018 as well as screening at the next edition of Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. For the official announcement, go to http://curacaoiffr.com/News/award-winners-2017.
El hombre que cuida has been called: “a good local film, […] deceivingly simple […] but complex because of the subtext that provokes reflection about social identity in the [Dominican Republic]” (Félix Manuel Lora, Acento, April 3, 2017, http://acento.com.do/2017/cultura/cine/criticas-de-cine/8446230-el-hombre-que-cuida), “excellent” (Kilvin Toribio, El Sol de Santiago, April 3, 2017, http://elsoldesantiago.com/hombre-cuida-excelente-debut-alejandro-andujar), “profound” (Etzel Báez, El Caribe, April 1, 2017, http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2017/04/01/hombre-que-cuida) and “fundamental” (José Rafael Sosa, 7 Días, March 28, 2017, http://www.7dias.com.do/cultura/2017/03/28/i226708_hombre-que-cuida-grata-sorpresa-del-cine.html).
Title: El hombre que cuida [The Watchman]
Director: Alejandro Andújar
Producers: Amelia del Mar Hernández, El Balcón Producciones (Dominican Republic), Marcos Pimentel and Leonardo Ayres, Tempero Filmes (Brazil), and Annabelle Mullen, Cultura Capital (Puerto Rico)
Country and year: Dominican Republic, 2017
Duration: 1 hr 27 min
Juan has become the laughingstock of the small fishing village, due to his wife being unfaithful and getting pregnant by another man. He now cares for an ostentatious mansion of a wealthy family from the capital. One day, the son of the owner shows up at the house without his father’s permission, loaded with alcohol, accompanied by a foreign friend and a village girl they just met. During the course of the weekend, the situation bends out of control and Juan is forced to make decisions that will affect the rest of his life. Sourced from: http://www.curacaoiffr.com/Films/El_hombre_que_cuida