After he is dismissed as a French teacher, middle-aged Haitian man Jean Gentil embarks on a desperate quest for work in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He sets out with a large shopping bag looking for a place in the world and a reason to carry on. During his journey on foot, he passes a building site where he can start work, but he would rather do something that is more intellectually demanding.
Jean Gentil, played by Jean Remy Genty, is given all the room he needs to make the transition from the large and continually growing city to the peace of the countryside. The changing surroundings are like a character in themselves.
Just as in their feature debut Cochochi, which won the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007 and was also screened in Rotterdam, the Dominican Laura Amelia Guzmán and the Mexican Israel Cárdenas make use of non-professional actors. The beauty of the island is not able to mask the worries of the inhabitants.


Filmmaker
Laura Amelia Guzmán Conde, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez
Country
Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany
Year
2010
Medium
35mm
Length
84’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Laura Amelia Guzmán Conde, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez, Pablo Cruz
Production Company
Aurora Dominicana, Canana Films
Sales
Aurora Dominicana
Writer
Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Cinematography
Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
Editor
Israel Cárdenas
Production Design
Sylvia Conde, Eduardo Guzmán
Sound Design
Alejandro de Icaza
Cast
Jean Remy Genty
Website
https://www.auroradominicana.com/jeangentil