Woodpeckers

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Dominican Republic | 2017 | 106 minutes | José María Cabral

This hard-hitting but compassionate prison story from Santo Domingo, shot on location with real inmates, tells the love story between two prisoners in neighboring institutions who communicate through an elaborate sign language known as woodpecking.

"Raw, intriguing, and energetic"—Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

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Sent to Santo Domingo's notorious Najayo prison for theft, wily and intelligent Julian (Jean Jean) quickly acclimates himself to his brutal new surroundings, using the prison's hidden economies to his advantage while desperately trying to hold on to his humanity. When psychotic Manaury (Ramon Emilio Candelario) is sent to solitary, he enlists Julian to take over "woodpecking", an intricate sign language used to communicate with nearby female inmates - with his girlfriend, the beautiful, tough-as-nails Yanelly (Judith Rodriguez). As Julian and Yanelly's communication grows into something deeper, Manaury's suspicions drive him over the edge, sending the trio into an unexpected life-or-death confrontation in this stunning new film. Winner of both the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor awards at this year's Guadalajara International Film Festival, the sixth feature from writer/director Jose Maria Cabral heralds a major new voice in a burgeoning Dominican film industry. Equal parts tender love story and gritty realist drama, Woodpeackers is the unforgettable breakout from one of the Dominican Republic's most exciting young filmmakers.

Director Biography

Born in Santo Domingo, July 24, 1988 is a Dominican film director, screenwriter, and producer. Cabral started making films when he was 16 years old, making private screenings of short films to family and friends in local movie theaters, one of them "Excexos" got national distribution in 2008. His first feature film, Jaque Mate (2011), was screened at a high number of film festivals and selected as the Dominican entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. Arroba and Despertar followed in 2013 and 2014, also making it into the festival circuits. In 2015 he released Detective Willy, a comedy adventure film. Cabral is currently promoting his new feature drama Carpinteros shot in Najayo and La Victoria prison from Dominican Republic.

Sponsored by Propel Insurance, Latin American and Caribbean Studies UW, Sparkle Donkey Tequila

  • Original Language Title: Carpinteros
  • Director: José María Cabral
  • Principal Cast: Jean Jean, Judith Rodríguez, Ramón Emilio Candelario
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Producer: María José Ripoll, José María Cabral
  • Screenplay: José María Cabral
  • Cinematographers: Hernan Herrera
  • Editors: Jose Maria Cabral
  • Music: Franklin Hernandez
  • Awards: Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017 (Special Jury Prize, Best Actor)
  • Filmography: Detective Willy (2015), Despertar (2014), Arrobá (2013), Check Mate (2012), Excexos (2008)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Film Factory Entertainment