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Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)
Start Date: 10/2/2017Start Time: 6:10 PM
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Unusual love, unusual place…
WOODPECKERS (Carpinteros)

Directed By: José María Cabral
Cast: Jean Jean, Judith Rodriguez Perez, Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero
Dominican Republic | 109 min.

Spanish with English subtitles

Most of us have had moments where we felt that we were prisoners of love. This ingeniously conceived feature from the Dominican Republic’s José María Cabral explores the possibility of finding love in an actual prison.

Julián (played by the actor Jean Jean in a breakout role) is an inmate with a rather peculiar task. Risking harsh punishment, Julián communicates across gender-restricted prison yards with Yanelly (played by the astonishing Dominican actress Judith Rodriguez Perez), having been hired by her ex-husband to act as a messenger. Julián and Yanelly innovate their own form of sign language, which they call “woodpecking.” As they peck away at each other from an otherwise unbridgeable divide, the two fall in love, sparking a precarious secret romance in the face of unusually forbidding odds. The film was shot on location at an actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles.

WOODPECKERS  is the Dominican Republic’s Official Submission this year for the Foreign Language Oscar!

Screenplay: Jose Maria Cabral
Producer(s): Jose Maria Cabral, Maria Jose Ripoll
Cinematography: Hernan Herrera
Editing: Jose Maria Cabral
Composer: Freddy Ginabra

2017 Guadalajara International Film Festival:
Won, FEISAL Award Best Director, Best Actor, Special Jury prize
2017 Sundance Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Miami Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Seattle International Film Festival: Official Selection
2017 Toulouse Latin American Film Festival: Won, Prix CCAS

“Raw, intriguing and and energetic.” - Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter | full review

“The film springs to life with immediacy and bursts of energy.” - John Fink, The Film Stage | full review

“The notion that male and female inmates can have relationships is utterly fascinating. It just goes to show that no matter what constraints you put on them, people will find a way.” - Fred Topel, We Live Entertainment | full review

“It provides an opportunity to balance involving visual storytelling with an immersive emotional arc.” -
Sarah Ward, Screen International | full review






Location Information:
Tower Theater  (View Map)
1508 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Phone: (305) 643-8706
Contact Information:
Name: Orlando Rojas
Phone: (305) 237-2463
Admission Information
11.50, General admission
$ 9, Seniors, Non-MDC Students, MDC Staff
$ 7, MDC students, Tower Theater and Miami Film Society members
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Free parking available behind the theater
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