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12th
International Competiton
Jean Gentil
Director_ Israel Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman, Laura Amelia Guzman
Dominican Rep., Mexico, Germany 2010 84min HD color feature
Review

Jean Remy Gentil is a middle aged man fluent in four languages who used to be a professor in his hometown, Haiti. He moved to the Dominican Republic looking for a job. At the beginning of the film, Jean wears a suit and wants to become an accountant, but he cannot find a job and ends up becoming a construction site worker when he runs out of money. However, Jean is weak and not used to hard labor, so he gives up and moves to the forest to build a house and live there. There, he survives by digging and eating yams. During his transformation from a professor to a laborer to homeless person, Jean cries out to God to overcome his extreme loneliness and pain. The film is shot in documentary style and uses handheld camera, nonprofessional actors, filmed mostly outdoor. The director refrains from using lighting and music score to focus on the situation of Santo Domingo. The film expresses the coexistence of construction and destruction, city and rural areas, rich districts and slums, the multicultural society formed by immigration and emigration, and communications problems. Immigrant professor Jean might be fluent in several languages but he is a helpless and lonely loser as an outsider. His sole conversation is with God to whom he shares his pains of life. Jean barely makes ends meet by tutoring Haiti Creole and French, but the faint hope he finds is crushed by anguish. At the climax, the film makes the audience become one with Jean and feel his agonizing pain. His excruciating anguish makes the audience ruminate about how we have to survive in the neoliberal world where the survival of the fittest is disguised as globalization. (Jeong Minah)

CREDIT
  • DirectorIsrael Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman
  • ScreenplayIsrael Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman, Alejandro Andujar
  • CinematographyIsrael Cardenas, Laura Amelia Guzman
  • ProducerLaura Amelia Guzman, Israel Cardenas, Pablo Cruz, Barbel Mauch
  • Art DirectorSylvia Conde, Eduardo Guzman
  • EditorIsrael Cardenas
  • SoundAlejandro Deicaza, Ruben Valdez
CastPaul Henri Presume, Yanmarco king Encarnacion
DIRECTOR
Israel Cardenas
Born in 1980, Monterrey, Mexico. After some film workshops in Cuba, New York and Netherlands he began a young company. Since then he's produced, directed and photographed several projects, among regional music videos. Cochochi is his first feature film, in which he shares script, photography, production and direction credits with his wife Laura Amelia.
Laura Amelia Guzman
Born in 1980 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After she studied fine arts and photography, she attended the International Film and Television School in Cuba, specializing in cinematography. Since 2004, she has lived in Mexico where she works with her husband Israel Cardenas.
Laura Amelia Guzman
Born in 1980 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After she studied fine arts and photography, she attended the International Film and Television School in Cuba, specializing in cinematography. Since 2004, she has lived in Mexico where she works with her husband Israel Cardenas.
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