The film “Site of Sites” from Oriol Estrada and Natalia Cabral, was chosen to participate at the official competition of IDFA, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the documentary cinema event considered the Cannes of non-fiction films.
“Site of Sites” chronicles the brief and genuine moments in the lives of workers, local vacationers and foreign tourists around the construction of an artificial beach in the Eastern part of the Dominican Republic; a fashion model, some sweepes, a couple of golfers, a maid, a gardener and a few foreign tourists, coexist in the same space, between bulldozers and power plants, separated by fences, noises and walls; a look into a corner of the world that suggests a certain state of the world.
The project, produced by Faula Films, was the winner of the DOCTV Latin America program open call for Dominican Republic, receiving support from the Dominican Film Commission DGCINE and channel 4RD, in collaboration with Aurora Dominicana and Aurora Color Post.
“Site of Sites” will compete in the medium length oficial competition with 14 other works directors from different parts of the world.
Founded in 1988 to stimulate the national and international documentary culture, IDFA has developed into the largest and most versatile documentary film festival in the world. Every year, the Festival presents over 250 international documentaries selected from a huge field. They select documentaries that are interesting from a stylistic point of view, or are particularly innovative, relevant to social issues and successfully manage to communicate with their audiences. Renowned directors such as Werner Herzog, Kazuo Hara, Robert Kramer, Michael Moore and Ulrich Seidl have all received special attention at IDFA in the past. The next edition of the festival will be held from 16 to 27 November 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The documentary feature film “You and Me” from directors Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada is now available online through the documentary cinema platform Doc Alliance Films; also, “You and Me” is available on DVD for the US educational market through Cinema Tropical, distributor and promoter of Latin American cinema.
“You and Me” invites spectators into the intimate and complex relationship of an elderly lady and a young maid who share a small apartment. According to Chilean critic Luis Hortas: “The film is a portrait of a funny, curious and at the same time bitter relationship between two women: an old woman lives with her maid in Santo Domingo, and their coexistence is determined by the existencial loneliness they are both involved in. Their personalities and opposing stories ironically find shelter in the space they inhabit, as abandonment is transformed into a unique way of living. Distrusts hide the real emotions that have for each other, in a film that dignifies their lonely lives. “
“You and Me” premiered in 2014 at the prestigious Swiss festival Visions du Réel. Since then, “You and Me” has screened in various important festivals, winning several awards including the prize for best feature documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, special jury prize at the Cartagena International Film Festival, distribution prize at Spanish Márgenes Festival, among others. In the Dominican Republic, the film won the award for best documentary at the RDoc Dominican Festival, the documentary of the year award at La Silla Awards and was nominated for the Dominican Republic to the Platino Awards.
To view the film online at Doc Alliance Films, follow the link: http://dafilms.com/film/9960-you-and-me/
For more information on “You and Me” Cinema Tropical, access the website:
Doc Alliance Films and Cinema Tropical
Doc Alliance is the result of a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals: CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Docslisboa, Docs Against Gravity FF, Dok Leipzig, FID Marseille, Jihlava IDFF and Visions du Réel Nyon. The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and continuously promote quality creative documentary films.
Cinema Tropical was founded in New York in 2001 by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg with the mission to distribute and promote Latin American cinema to audiences in the United States.
During the closing ceremony of the 5th edition of Spanish Festival Márgenes, the members of the jury: Vanesa Fernández (researcher and teacher), Cecilia Barriga (filmmaker) y Álex Apóstol (artist) decided to award the film “You and Me” with the CineArte Exhibition Prize for its “elegant account between a patron and her maid, where we find the unresolved conflicts of class struggle, beauty, tension and silence”. Oriol’s parents, Paquita Martos and Josep Estrada attended the ceremony and received the award on behalf of Oriol and Natalia, who are currently working on their next project “A Place of Places”, winner of the DOCTV Latin American Grant. The CineArte Exhibition Award consists on the commercial release of the film in Spain in over 16 movie theaters.
Márgenes festival focuses on Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American films with no commercial outlets and with no conventional distribution, aiming to offer a quality selection of independent and innovative cinema and visual arts. The festival celebrates filmmakers’ moral commitment to the subjects in their films. The 5th edition will take place online through the official webpage www.margenes.org between December 13 and 31 and in the following venues: Cineteca Matadero, Madrid; Cineteca Nuevo León, Monterrey; Cine Zumzeig, Barcelona; Cinemateca Uruguaya, Montevideo; Filmoteca de Andalucía, Córdoba; La Casa de Cine, México DF; and Centro Cultural de España, Santiago de Chile.
The film project “Miriam Lies”, a co-production between Faula Films (Dominican Republic) and Mallerich Films Paco Poch (Spain), has been selected to receive funding from the Ibermedia Co-production Fund. The project, written and directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, has already won the Ibermedia Development Fund in 2014, it was finalist at the Unproduced Script Contest of the New Latin American Cinema Festival of Havana and won the Fonprocine Contest for the Production of Feature Films of the Dominican Film Commission (DGCINE).
“Miriam Lies” will be shot in 2016 and its world premiere will we celebrated in 2017.
The Dominican Association of Film Professionals (ADOCINE) and the Dominican Film Commission (DGCINE) presented the ceremony of the third annual La Silla Awards, where the film “You and Me” by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada won Best Documentary Award. Other films awarded at the ceremony were “La Gunguna” by Ernesto Alemany, winner of the Best Film Award, “Detective Willy”, winner of Best Comedy and “Sand Dollars” by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, winners of the Film Critic’s Award.
La Silla Awards (premios La Silla) are the awards granted by the members of the Dominican Association of Film Professionals (ADOCINE). The name of the awards was given after the first Dominican film of the same name in 1963 made by Franklin Domínguez.
Oriol Estrada and Natalia Cabral’s project “A Place of Places” was the winning project for Dominican Republic in the recent edition of DOCTV Latin America, a program intended to promote the production and telecasting of Latin American documentaries. In this Edition, 17 Latin American documentary projects were chosen with the idea to address the subject of happiness from different perspectives. “A Place of Places” will follow the construction of a luxurious residential complex through the lives and dreams of vacationers and workers living inside the construction complex. With “A Place of Places”, the Dominican Republic will participate in the DOCTV network for the first time.
DOCTV’s main goals are to encourage cultural and economic exchange between the Latin American peoples, the development of comprehensive public policies that encourage the production and distribution of documentaries in the countries of the region, and broadcasting of Latin American cultural productions in global markets.
The Dominican Public Radio and Television Station “Canal 4 RD” will air the documentary feature “You and Me” this Thursday, September 24th at 10:00 pm. With this premiere, Channel 4 RD intends to give Dominican quality films a space to reach the majority of the Dominican population. After “You and Me”, there will we a conversation about the film between film critics and Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, co-directors of the film.
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7dias’s journalist and writer Joan Prats shared an afternoon with Oriol Estrada and Natalia Cabral, were they talked about the film “You and Me” the work of a filmmaker and its challenges. More about the interview here:
“You and me” was part of the catalog of the Marché du Film’s Doc Corner, thanks to the support of the Dominican Film Commission and Sparring Partners Project. Doc Corner is a space dedicated to documentary cinema within the Cannes festival’s market. Directors, producers, sales agents, exhibitors and festival programmers have exclusive access to a catalog of documentary films from all over the world. It’s the place where these professionals can get together and enjoy master classes of documentary filmmaking.
“You and me” was among the best titles of the year. Natalia Cabral, co-director and producer of the film, travelled to Cannes, were she held important meetings with other professionals and colleagues. The film has also been part of other important markets: the Visions du Réel documentary market at Switzerland and the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Market in Greece. The film will continue to travel in the next months, with presentations in New York, the city of Mexico and Trieste, Italy.