10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

El silencio del viento (Silence of the Wind) (2018 Feature Film) Nominee

Álvaro APONTE-CENTENO | Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, France | 2017 | color | DCP | 85′ | Spanish | e.s.

Director Álvaro Aponte-Centeno impresses with this beautiful drama of loss and hope. Dedicated Rafael doesn’t have time to mourn the death of his sister Carmen. Alongside caring for his mother and teenage daughter, he is also part of a human trafficking network. There is an endless stream of migrants seeking a better life in Puerto Rico.

Together with his sister Carmen, Rafael is part of a human trafficking network that helps move fortune seekers to Puerto Rico. Regional refugees from the poverty-stricken Dominican Republic, but also illegal migrants from faraway Africa are temporarily given food and shelter at Rafael’s aging mother’s home. The well-oiled machine is thrown out of whack when Carmen dies suddenly. Rafael doesn’t have the time to mourn because life goes on. Full boats arrive, phones keep ringing and Rafael’s teenage daughter needs attention too.

Puerto Rico’s beautiful landscapes contrast markedly with the tragedies of human trafficking victims. The bone-tired hopelessness, fear and uncertainty of Rafael’s ‘contraband’ is tangible. In his debut film, Álvaro Aponte-Centeno depicts a humane, yet no less dramatic side of the global immigration crisis. This super-contemporary drama was awarded the prize for Best Film at the Argentinian film festival in Mar del Plata. 

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 16:15

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 10:45

Duration: 1:05

Year in





Pedro Juan López


Israel Lugo
Elia Enid Cadilla
Amanda Lugo Alvarado
Kairiana Nuñez Santaliz
Iris Martínez
Eddie Díaz
Aurelio Lima Dávila


Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic


Nino Martínez Sosa






Rafael Aponte Ledée
Álvaro Aponte Centeno


Maite Rivera Carbonell

Production Company

Quenepa Producciones
Balsié Guanabana Macuto
Promenades Films

Production Design

Nydia Mercedes González



Álvaro Aponte-Centeno

Sound Design

Maite Rivera Carbonell

Year of Production


Álvaro APONTE-CENTENO (1979, Puerto Rico) studeerde aan het conservatorium en volgde een opleiding communicatie en film aan de universiteit van Puerto Rico. Hij werkt ook als fotograaf. Zijn korte films werden vertoond op diverse festivals en zijn meerdere keren bekroond. El silencio del viento is zijn eerste lange speelfilm. 



Álvaro APONTE-CENTENO (1979, Puerto Rico) studied at the conservatory of Puerto Rico, then took communication and film at the University of Puerto Rico. He also works as a photographer. His short films have been screened at various festivals and have been awarded multiple prizes. El silencio del viento is his first feature film.