9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Tú y yo (2015 Feature Film) Nominee

Natalia Cabral | Dominican Republic | 2014 | 86 min | Spanish

Tragi-comic documentary on the daily lives of an elderly Caucasian widow and her Afro-Caribbean housekeeper who lives with her. Their quiet days are filled with hard work, soap series and grumbling within four spotless walls. However, sometimes the fact that the gradually intertwined women are from entirely different social classes becomes painfully apparent.

In the heart of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital, lives an elderly widow with her Afro-Caribbean housekeeper. While the lady of the house works on plant projects and calls the outside world, the domestic worker keeps things shiny. Alongside differences, their existence also intertwines. For instance watching soaps together, the conversations they have and their jostling in the kitchen where the lady of the house always has the last word. Whether it’s about storing onions, preparing meat or adding spices. And, if she has got out of bed on the wrong side, the day is characterised by impatience and a flood of complaints.

In this tragi-comic documentary, a static camera records the seemingly careless, yet archetypal scenes of daily life in fly-on-the-wall style. What happens in a place without clear social distinctions if class differences are still so deeply engrained in culture?

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 22:15

Duration: 1:05

Year in
Festival

2015

Director

Natalia Cabral

Camera

Oriol Estrada

Cast

Francisca Pérez de Sosa
Paula Lebrón

Country

Dominican Republic

Editor

Oriol Estrada

Language

Spanish

Length

86 min

Music

x

Producer

x

Production Company

Faula Films

Production Design

Natalia Cabral

Sales

Faula Films

Scenario

Natalia Cabral

Sound Design

Natalia Cabral
Oriol Estrada

Year of Production

2014

Website

Natalia CABRAL (1981, Dominicaanse Republiek) studeerde af aan de International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba. Sindsdien werkt ze als producent en regisseur. Samen met Oriol Estrada maakte ze de documentaire Tú y yo (2014), winnaar van het Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2014.

Oriol ESTRADA (1983, Spanje) studeerde af aan de International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba. Sindsdien werkt hij als producent en regisseur. Samen met Natalia Cabral maakte hij de documentaire Tú y yo (2014), winnaar van het Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2014.

 

Filmography

Natalia Cabral: DiscoDécada (2005, short doc), Tú y yo/You and Me (2014, doc) Oriol Estrada: Roidy … aunque se rompa la rueda (2007, short doc), Legos (2010, short), Tú y yo/You and Me (2014, doc)