Love can spring up in the most unlikely places.
WOODPECKERS (Carpinteros) (2017) from writer/director José María Cabral, a powerful foreign drama with knockout acting performances that deliver a “film full of atmosphere, sexuality, and grit.” In this tale of illicit and slow-boil attraction, new inmate Julián Sosa (actor Jean Jean in a breakout role), arrested, petty theft, begins his sentence inside the notorious Najayo prison just outside Santo Domingo.
While standing in windows or out in prison yards, love–and heated liaisons, blossom. Julián’s entanglement with one female inmate, Yanelly (Dominican actress Judith Rodriguez Perez), is the fuse that ignites this complicated love affair.
While trying to navigate the corruption and everyday violence of the prison system, Julián becomes immersed in the system of “Woodpecker,” the unique sign language the male prisoners use to communicate with women in the adjacent penitentiary just over 400 feet away. “Woodpeckers” was shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles.
Considered one of the most important directors of the Dominican Republic, José María Cabral’s WOODPECKERS (2017) screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was the first Dominican feature film selected by Sundance, and is the Academy Award Submission for The Dominican Republic.
Director: José María Cabral
Writer: José María Cabral
Star(s): Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero
Country: Dominican Republic
Language: Spanish (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 107 mins
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