Miriam Lies

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Dominican Republic | 2018 | 90 minutes | Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada

Preparations for biracial teen Miriam’s birthday get complicated when her online suitor—and assumed quinceañera date—turns out to be black, driving a series of tales and cover-ups against the backdrop of a deeply segregated society.

"[Miriam Lies] takes on acute tenderness and resonance in Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada's lovely, pensive coming-of-ager."—Variety

Miriam Lies is the latest in an exciting and refreshing new wave of cinema from the Dominican Republic. For sensitive teen Miriam (Dulce Rodriguez), life really shouldn't be much more than sunny afternoons spent with best friend Jennifer, talking about boys and making preparations for their upcoming shared quinceanera, an event celebrated mainly by upper-middle-class society in Santo Domingo. The product of a short, troubled mixed-race marriage, the shy teen is often made to feel like an outcast within her own working-class family for being darker than the rest, leading her to find comfort in an online relationship with sympathetic suitor, and potential quinceanera date, Jean-Louis. Yet when Jean-Louis reveals himself to be black, Miriam feels the weight of a badly broken society bear down on her young shoulders, driving her to create a web of tall tales, excuses, and deepening cover-ups. With a cast that delivers some incredibly natural performances, this powerful debut feature from co-writer/directors Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada shoots sharp criticism at the heart and mind of Caribbean society with a treatment as subtle as it is demolishing.

Hebe Tabachnik

Director Biography
Natalia Cabral is an award-winning Dominican filmmaker, born in Santo Domingo, and a frequent collaborator with Oriol Estrada. After studying cinema at the prestigious EICTV Cuban Film School, where she met Estrada, Cabral co-founded Faula Films to support independent films in the Dominican Republic. She went on to direct two feature-length documentaries: You And Me (2014), which premiered at Visions du Reel, and Site Of Sites (2016). With Miriam Lies (2018), Cabral turns to fiction for the first time, receiving a special mention from the jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Oriol Estrada, who co-founded Faula Films with Natalia Cabral, is an award-winning Spanish filmmaker. He studied cinema at the famed EICTV Cuban Film School and, joining forces with Cabral, directed two feature-length documentaries—You And Me (2014), which premiered at Visions du Reel, and Site of Sites (2016)—before turning to fiction with Miriam Lies (2018), premiering at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and receiving a special mention from the jury.

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  • Original Language Title: Miriam miente
  • Director: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
  • Principal Cast: Dulce Rodriguez, Carolina Rohana, Pachy Mendez, Frank Perozo, Vicente Santos
  • Country: Dominican Republic, Spain
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada, Jordi Comellas, Pablo Mustonen, Gabriel Tineo, Paco Poch
  • Screenplay: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
  • Cinematographers: Israel Cardenas
  • Editors: Oriol Estrada, Aina Calleja, Natalia Cabral
  • Music: Ernesto Paredano
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Gijón International Film Festival, 2018 (ALMA Award)Gijion INt’ Havana Film Festival, 2018 (Sara Gómez Award) Huelva Latin American Film Festival, 2018 (Cima Award, Golden Colon) Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2018 (Award of Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention)
  • Filmography: El sitio de los sitios (2016); Tú y yo (2014)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Latido Films