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    Woodpeckers

    Directed by José María Cabral
    Dominican Republic | 108 minutes | Awards Buzz

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    Woodpeckers

    Directed by José María Cabral
    Dominican Republic | 108 minutes | Awards Buzz

  • View Trailer

    Woodpeckers

    Directed by José María Cabral
    Dominican Republic | 108 minutes | Awards Buzz

  • View Trailer

    Woodpeckers

    Directed by José María Cabral
    Dominican Republic | 108 minutes | Awards Buzz

Part tender love story, part gritty realist drama, and with hints of the surreal, this fifth feature from writer/director José Maria Cabral takes place in Santo Domingo’s notorious Najayo prison, where clandestine communication between male and female inmates propels an incarcerated trio toward a life or death confrontation.

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film synopsis

Equal parts tender love story and gritty realist drama, with hints of the surreal, Woodpeckers is the unforgettable breakout film from one of the Dominican Republic’s most exciting young filmmakers.

Sent to Santo Domingo’s notorious Najayo prison for theft, wily and intelligent Julian quickly acclimates to his brutal new surroundings, using the prison’s hidden economies to his advantage while desperately trying to hold on to his humanity. When psychotic Manaury is sent to solitary, he enlists Julian to take over “woodpecking” (an intricate sign language used to communicate with nearby female inmates) with his girlfriend, the beautiful, tough as nails Yanelly. As Julian and Yanelly’s communication grows into something deeper, Manaury’s suspicions drive him over the edge, propelling the trio into an unexpected life or death confrontation.

This stunning new film, the fifth feature from writer/director Jose Maria Cabral, heralds a major new voice in a burgeoning Dominican film industry.

Winner: Special Jury Award, Guadalajara

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize and the Cine Latino Award.

film details

Original Language Title: Carpinteros
Country: Dominican Republic
Year: 2017
Running Time: 108 minutes
Language: Spanish (deaf-friendly)
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Santander Award, Best Film, Festival internacional de cine de Santander, Colombia; FEISAL Award, Maestro Boris Goldenblank, Mayahuel Award, Best Actor, Special Jury Award Ibero-American Jury, Guadalajara International Film Festival
Director: José María Cabral
Producers: José María Cabral, Maria jose Ripoll
Principal Cast: Jean Jean, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Judith Rodriguez Perez
Cinematographers: Hernan Herrera
Editor: José María Cabral
Music: Freddy Ginebra
Screenwriter: José María Cabral
Website: www.woodpeckersmovie.com

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