Film of the week: Hermafrodita directed by Albert Xavier
The Dominican Republic is known for its delicious food, merengue dancing, and the jovial carefree attitude of its warm and friendly people. It is not however, known for its work of queer cinema, which is just one of the reasons why Albert Xavier’s feature film, Hermafrodita, marks itself as a brave and important new work.
La Melaza witnesses his younger brother killed by a local gang leader. In a fury of anger he extols revenge by sneaking into his house to kill his brother’s murderer. Realizing that he in lo longer safe in Santo Domingo with the fellow gang members sure to look for him, he takes off to the remote village of San Jose de Ocoa to live and work with his aunt and uncle. While in the small town he meets Maria, a shy seamstress to whom he immediately is drawn. Despite her initial refusal, the two start a romantic courtship- but Maria is hiding a secret; she was born a hermaphrodite, having both male and female genitalia.
When her best friend Wanda provokes tension between the two lovers, the drama heightens to new levels and Maria’s secret is about to be revealed. Featuring strong performances from Garibaldi Reyes as La Melaza and Mariluz Acosta as Maria, Hermafrodita is a unique story based on true events that will entertain and intrigue.
Title: “Hermafrodita” USA. Spanish. 96 mins. 35mm. Drama. May 2009 (Completed).
Man seeks refuge but finds love in his path to a hermaphrodite.
Production Co: Belier Entertainment Pictures, LLC. They also have 1 other title. t: 631-374-4128 / 809-662-3184 Independent Film Production company. Produces Features, Television Series, TV, Feature Films, Commercials and Music Videos. Involved in Development, Financing, Production, Post and indie-distribution. Full 35mm/HD crews. Rights Available:All, Worldwide Producer: Albert Xavier
Cast:Marilu Acosta, Garibaldi Reyes, Isabel Polanco, Rafa Rosario, Olga Bucarelli
Target Audience: 19-30 years
Total Budget: US$900,000
Screenings:Theatrical, Broadcast and Festival
General:The film seeks WORLDWIDE distribution in all media EXCEPT for Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. On Oct 15th, 2009 it will self distribute with Caribbean Cinemas in those territories theatrically in 36 theaters for 14 weeks. Meanwhile it was officially selected to the Sao Paulo Latin American Festival on July 6, 2009, the HBO Latino NY International Film Festival in July, Lima Peru in August, San Sebastian in Sept, London/India and Huelva Spain in November and Havana, Cuba on Dec 4, 2009. The film has three 35mm prints with english subtitles. HD master needs to be produced.
Synopsis:Based on a true story, HERMAFRODITA (Winner of the Audience Choice Awards at the Chicago latino International Film festival 2009) is a powerful drama about the politics of sexual identity. Set amongst the picturesque mountains of the village of San Jose de Ocoa in the Dominican Republic, the film centers on the figure of Maria (Marilu Acosta),a hermaphrodite born in the village, who suffers social discrimination. Set on finding a new life, Maria embarks on a journey that involves crossing the paths with a man (Garibaldi Reyes) fleeing the city of Santo Domingo after a murder and who may become her lover.
Basado en vida reale, HERMAFRODITA (Ganadora del Premio de la Audiencia en Chicago Latino Int. Film Festival 2009) es un poderoso drama acerca de la política de la identidad sexual. Realizada entre las pintorescas montañas de la aldea de San José de Ocoa en la República Dominicana, la película se centra en la figura de María (Marilú Acosta), una hermafrodita nacida en el pueblo, que sufre discriminación social. En la búsqueda de una nueva vida, María se embarca en un viaje donde se ínter cruzan los caminos con un hombre (Garibaldi Reyes) que huyen de la ciudad de Santo Domingo después de un asesinato, pudiendo llegar a ser este el amor de su vida.
Entry filed under: FILM OF THE WEEK, LATIN AMERICAN FILM. Tags: Albert Xavier, Belier Entertainment Pictures, cine latino gay, Dominican Republic cinema, Garibaldi Reyes, Hermafrodita, Isabel Polanco, latin america cinema, latino film, Marilu Acosta, Olga Bucarelli, Rafa Rosario.