10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

El hombre que cuida (The Watchman) (2017 Feature Film) Nominee

Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico, Mexico | 2016 | color | DCP | 90 min | Spanish, English | e.s.

Major tensions hide beneath the otherwise placid surface of this sunny island drama. Taciturn Juan tries to forget a lost love while his daily rhythm as the watchman at one of the villas along the coast is disrupted by the arrival of the owner’s son.

The Dominican Republic’s modern-day colonizers don’t come from overseas, but from the city. These people own the villas along the coast and obstruct access to the most beautiful places on the island all year long even though they only spend a couple of weekends a year there. Taciturn Juan is the watchman at one of these villas.
The tranquility is shattered when the owner’s son and a friend turn up. Which is unfortunate, as Juan needed that quiet to think about his wife who recently left him and is already carrying another man’s child. This pain confronts him daily on the small island when he encounters his ex and her new beau. But there’s no time to mourn. Like a latter-day serf, Juan has to be on call 24 hours a day for the two teens and their girlfriends until the situation spirals completely out of control.

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 6 April 2017

Time: 20:15

Duration: 1:05

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 8 April 2017

Time: 15:00

Duration: 1:05

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 9 April 2017

Time: 11:30

Duration: 1:05

Year in



Alejandro Andújar


Gabriel Valencia


Héctor Aníbal
Julietta Rodríguez
Yasser Michelén
Héctor Medina
Paula Ferry
Eyra Agüero Joubert
Archie López


Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico


Juanjo Cid
Eduardo Resing




85 min


Omar Silva


Alejandro Andújar
Amelia del Mar Hernández

Production Company

El Balcón Producciones

Production Design

Elena Fernández


Habanero Film Sales


Alejandro Andújar
Amelia del Mar Hernández

Sound Design

Romina Núñez

Year of Production



Alejandro Andújar

Alejandro ANDÚJAR was born in 1980 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He initially studied social communication and journalism, then subsequently moved to Cuba where he graduated in 2004 from the Film School of San Antonio de los Banos. In 2014 he became the founder and artistic director of RDOC, the Caribbean’s first documentary film festival.



A Day at the Market (2008, short doc), El hombre que cuida/The Watchman (2017)