A meek evangelist enters a moral dilemma following immense pressure to avenge his father’s murder.
Alberto, a gardener who works in the capital of the Dominican Republic, returns to his hometown to attend his father’s funeral. Despite his Evangelical Christian beliefs, he participates in syncretic mourning rituals to respect and honour his family, as well as the customs of his community. He finds himself further entangled in the politics of his society as family members religiously hound him to seek justice for his father’s death.
Writer-director Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias rebels against strict cinematic conventions to create an aesthetically compelling film that characterizes the culture, spirituality and social strata of the Dominican Republic. Often separating dialogue from the image and action of the speaker, his brilliant use of 360 shots is representative of the elliptical, yet dynamic nature, of the people’s postcolonial resistance through language and identity.
Cast & Credits
Santo Domingo-born film director and writer Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias’ films include the shorts Le Dernier des Bonbons (2011), Lullabies (2014), and documentary Santa Teresa & Other Stories (2015), which won the Prix Georges de Beauregard in FIDMarseille. Cocote (2017) was awarded Best Film in the Signs of Life section at the 70th Locarno International Film Festival.
Fernando Santos Díaz, Lukas V. Rinner, Christoph Friedel
Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias
Vicente Santos, Judith Rodríguez, Yuberbi de la Rosa
• Signs of Life Award electronic-art.foundation for Best Film, Locarno International Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017