Shortlisted for the 2022 Oscars® in the International Feature category, PLAZA CATEDRAL is the latest from Panamanian director Abner Benaim, whose documentary RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME closed the 2018 AFI Latin American Film Festival with a sold-out screening. Mexican actress Ilse Salas (THE GOOD GIRLS, GÜEROS) stars as Alicia, an architect and realtor whose life has been turned upside-down by the sudden death of her six-year-old son. Newly divorced, Alicia moves to an apartment in the Old Quarter of Panama City, a wealthy enclave surrounded by the city's poorest neighborhoods. There she meets Chief (Fernando Xavier De Casta), a street-smart 13-year-old who watches over cars parked in front of her apartment. Alicia keeps her distance, but when she finds Chief on the steps of her building one night, bleeding from a gunshot wound, she reluctantly takes him in. As she allows Chief into her home and into her life, the two forge an unforeseen emotional bond and their fates become inextricably linked. Winner, MEZCAL Award, Best Actor (Fernando Xavier De Casta) and Best Actress (Ilse Salas), 2021 Guadalajara Film Festival; Winner, Audience Award, 2021 International Film Festival of Panama. Official Selection, 2022 Miami Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Abner Benaim; PROD Rubén Sierra Salles, Matthias Ehrenberg. Panama/Mexico/Colombia, 2021, color, 94 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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