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Closing Night Film + Award Ceremony: Sand Dollars

(Dólares de arena)
Dominican Republic, 2014

Spanish with English subtitles.

The Closing Night Film + Award Ceremony will be followed by a reception in the World Art Centre with live music by ALMA CHEVERE.

Come eat, drink and dance with us at the final event of the festival!!


Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican woman, hangs out on the beach at Las Terrenas. With her boyfriend, Yeremi, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists there. However Noelí also has a steady client, Anne, a much older French woman (played by the incredible Geraldine Chaplin), who, like many other Europeans, has found an idyllic refuge on the island to spend her last years. For Noelí, the relationship is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as they plan to leave together for Paris. A sumptuous and at times uncomfortable story of friendship, love and survival, Sand Dollars is one of the most unique and important films ever to come out of the Dominican Republic.

“The romance of sand and the realism of dollars sit elegantly side by side in this thoughtful, subtle third feature.” Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Noelí, una joven dominicana, viaja todas las tardes a las playas de las Terrenas. Allí, junto con su pareja, busca la manera de sacar ventaja y ganar algunos dólares a costa de alguno de los turistas que rondan el lugar. Entre sus clientes Noelí mantiene uno fijo: Anne, una francesa de edad madura que ha encontrado en la isla un refugio ideal. Para Noelí, la relación con Anne se basa primordialmente en la conveniencia, aunque los sentimientos se tornan ambiguos a medida que el tiempo de partir se avecina.

7:15 pm|SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (GCA)
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Laura Amelia Guzman (b. 1980, Dominican Republic) and Israel Cardenas (b. 1980, Mexico) have worked together as co-directors on the films Cochochi (2007), Jean Gentil (2010), and Carmita (2013). Their films have won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals such as TIFF, Locarno, San Sebastian, Morelia and many others.


Directors: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
Writers: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas (based on the novel Les dollars des sables by Jean-Noël Pancrazi)
Producers: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Cruz, Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matias Roveda
Cinematographer: Israel Cárdenas, Jaime Guerra
Editor: Andrea Kleinman
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio