Distribution company Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Dominican/Mexican/Argentinian co-produced drama, titled “Dolares de Arena” (“Sand Dollars”), a Dominican Republic-set drama that follows the long-time relationship between a beautiful and impoverished young local girl and her wealthy European lover, which is put to the test as issues of class, inequality and exploitation are introduced.
Directed and produced by Dominican couple Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas, the film is based on the novel “Les Dollars des Sables” by Jean-Noel Pancrazi, and stars Geraldine Chaplin and Yanet Mojica as the older European woman and the yound Dominican girl.
Ricardo Ariel Toribio rounds out the starring cast.
DR’s Aurora Dominicana, Mexico’s Canana Films and Argentina’s Rei Cine co-produced the drama which made its world premiere at TIFF last fall.
“The film is a gorgeous meditation on old age, loneliness and love, anchored by a luminous performance by the exquisite Geraldine Chaplin,” said Breaking Glass co-president Richard Ross, adding, “We’ve been pursuing the film since TIFF and Ventana Sur and are overjoyed to bring its beauty to North American audiences.”
A late 2015 theatrical release is planned.
TIFF trailer below; although I’m sure Breaking Glass will cut and release a new one closer to the film’s US premiere: