2017 Oscar® Selection, Dominican Republic
Tall, dark and handsome, Julián (Jean Jean) steps off a bus and becomes fresh meat walking inside the Najayo Prison in the Dominican Republic. He locates his cellblock underneath the corner where the "woodpeckers" perch. Woodpeckers — prisoners who romance ladies incarcerated at the women's prison 150 meters away — spend their days in affectionate conversation with their lovers via sign language. When Julián encounters Yanelly (Judith Rodriguez Perez), he is smitten. Now he must find a way, through cement, barbed wire, dozens of guards and murderous exes, to win Yanelly's love, all while keeping it secret. (Note adapted from Sundance Film Festival.) FEISAL Award (Cabral), Mayahuel Award (Jean) and Special Jury Award, 2017 Guadalajara Film Festival; Official Selection 2017 Sundance, Miami and Seattle film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD José María Cabral; PROD María José Ripoll. Dominican Republic, 2016, color, 106 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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