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The Projectionist

The Projectionist

El Proyeccionista

Eliseo is a film projectionist who lives alone, taking solace in his infatuation with a woman who is present only on a projected film reel. After the treasured reel is lost in an accident, Eliseo’s one connection to her is destroyed. Devastated, he plunges into a search for the true identity of the woman he so passionately loved for so many years but never actually met. This takes Eliseo on a road trip through the most remote and poor parts of the Dominican Republic. As he searches for clues, he funds his journey the only way her knows how: projecting movies. His pursuit will not only take him on unexpected paths but also unite him with the free-spirited girl Rubí who will show him that blood is thicker than water in more ways than one.

Director José María Cabral’s (Woodpeckers, Cinelatino FF17) ground-breaking 2012 film Checkmate was the first to represent the Dominican Republic in the Best Foreign- Language Oscar race. This new offering reinforces his remarkable talent with its beautifully-drawn characters and intense exploration to all four corners of the Caribbean.

NominatedBest Film for HBO Ibero-American Competition and Knight Competition Grand Jury Prize, Miami Film Festival 2019

Please note the film will screen with English subtitles during the festival.

José María Cabral
Félix Germán, Cindy Galán, Lia Briones
2019 | 94 min | Dominican Republic | Drama
Spanish with English subtitles
18+ (exemption)