Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)

About

Tall, dark, and handsome, Julián steps off a bus, hands over his clothes, gets his long curly locks chopped off, and becomes fresh meat walking inside the Najayo Prison in the Dominican Republic. He locates his cellblock underneath the moist corner where the Woodpeckers perch. Woodpeckers—prisoners who romance ladies incarcerated at the women’s prison 150 meters across the way—spend their days in affectionate conversation with their lovers through sign language. When Julián encounters Yanelly, a gorgeous spitfire of a woman, he finds love in the last place he imagined. Now he must find a way, through cement, barbed wire, dozens of guards, and murderous exes to win Yanelly’s love, all the while keeping it secret.

Dominican director José María Cabral delivers a fresh, and indelible film burgeoning with atmosphere, sexuality, and grit. Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) is a rare breed of film that opens a window into a richly textured world normally hidden from view.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY Dominican Republic

RUN TIME 107 min

LANGUAGE Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Film Factory Entertainment

WEBSITE http://filmfactoryentertainment.com

EMAIL info@filmfactory.es; manon@filmfactory.es

PHONE +34 933684608

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Artist Bio

José María Cabral

José María Cabral (born in Santo Domingo in 1988) started making films when he was 16 years old, and he has produced, directed, and written several features. His film Jaque Mate! (2012) was selected as the Dominican entry for the foreign language film Academy Award. Cabral is now promoting his new feature drama, Carpinteros, which is about the realities and relationships of prisoners in Dominican jails.