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Cocote

“Evangelical Christian Alberto works as a gardener on a wealthy estate in Santo Domingo. When his father is murdered, he returns to the countryside of his childhood for the funeral. He Alberto clashes with his sister, whose very different beliefs—those practiced by the lower classes on the island, a holdover from pre-colonial times—triggers a tense homecoming. Cocote offers a rich visual and sensory experience as Arias intersperses formats and textures, ethnography and abstraction in the universe of his film. . . . Melding fiction with a documentary feel, Arias explores the lurking violence, corruption, class conflicts, and many opposing cultures and world views co-existing in contemporary Dominican Republic.” —Toronto International Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Filmography: Santa Teresa Y Otras Historias (2015)

Reviews: Cinema Scope, Frieze (round-up), The Film Stage, Cineuropa

Interviews: Film Comment