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