The film Cristo Rey by Dominican director Leticia Tonos had its world premiere on Tuesday September 10th in the Scotiabank Theater at
one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world : the Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Cristo Rey premieres at Toronto International Film Festival
(Toronto, September 10, 2013) – The film Cristo Rey by Dominican director Leticia Tonos had its world premiere on Tuesday September 10th in the Scotiabank Theater at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world : the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
The showing of the Creole film within the “Contemporary World Cinema” selection – which also showed films from Canada, the Philippines, Tunisia , Mexico, Venezuela, Romania and Peru among other countries – was held in the presence of the protagonists of the movie: Yasser Michelen, Akari Endo and James Saintil.
The director of the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, Omar de la Cruz, also attended the world premiere of the Dominican film and expressed his satisfaction to see that local cinema continues to make its way into the international film industry thanks to the efforts and dedication which hundreds of people devote to it in the Dominican Republic each day.
The film was made by the Dominican International Company (DIC) under executive production of Sergio Gobbi, Joan Giancinti and Leo Proaño, and has been subtitled in English and French. The story unfolds through the relationship between two half- brothers – a Haitian and a Dominican – who clash over love for the same woman.
According to their calendar, the major Canadian festival plans to show Cristo Rey twice more, on Wednesday September 11th and Saturday September 14th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 and the Scotiabank Theater, respectively.
After each showing of the film, the Toronto International Film Festival will also conduct a question and answer session led by Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. Deibert is an advisor to governments and organizations on cyber security, cybercrime, freedom of expression and access to information and will talk to the audience about the film Cristo Rey.
Cristo Rey is the second feature by Leticia Tonos Paniagua , who in 2011 made her debut with the film The natural daughter, which was almost nominated for an Oscar. Months ago Tonos told local newspapers that this new production moves away from humor and seeks to raise social issues such that it speaks of Dominican communities and their most dramatic characteristics.