Dólares de arena / Sand Dollars

A film by Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)


Argentina/Mexico/Dominican Republic, Drama, 2014
82 min, Digital, Color
Spanish, English, French with English subtitles

Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. With her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years. Noelí’s boyfriend pretends to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date approaches.

Texas Premiere,!dlares-de-arena/c2085

About the director

- DirectorLaura Amelia Guzmán (Dominican Republic, 1980) graduated from Altos de Chavón / The School of Design, where she studied fine arts and photography. She then attended the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Cuba, specializing in cinematography.
- DirectorIsrael Cárdenas (Mexico, 1980) is a self-taught filmmaker who started out his career in musical videoclip productions and some film workshops at NYFA and EICTV. Together they run the production company Aurora Dominicana.



Producer: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas, Sandro Fiorin, Pablo Cruz, Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matias Roveda
Production Companies: FiGa Films, Aurora Dominicana
Screenwriter: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
Cinematographer: Israel Cárdenas, Jaime Guerra
Editor: Andrea Kleinman
Sound Design: Alejandro De Icaza, Diego Gat
Music: Ramón Cordero, Edilio Paredes
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio

Print Source: FiGa Films,