SAN JUAN – Amid Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane hardships, islanders’ spirits are getting a lift from news that the film “El Silencio del Viento” (Silence of the Wind) by Puerto Rican moviemaker Alvaro Aponte Centeno will premiere at the 32nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina’s largest and the only one in Latin America classified in Category A.
“For our country this nomination has great importance considering Puerto Rico’s current catastrophe. It’s an injection of energy because it shows what we can do...we can rebuild our country,” Aponte Centeno said in a statement to the press on Monday.
The film’s world premiere will be next Nov. 20 at the Astor Piazzolla Auditorium in Mar del Plata.
“El Silencio del Viento” recounts the life of Rafito, a man trying to deal with the death of his sister, but can’t do it because he has to keep working in the illegal business of trafficking undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico.
Rafito, played by Puerto Rican actor Israel Lugo, is accompanied by a cast including Elia Enid Cadilla, Amanda Lugo Alvarado, Kairiana Nuñez Santaliz, Iris Martinez, Eddie Diaz and Aurelio Lima Davila.
“In this case, we tell the world our unique Caribbean stories but within the context of that great collective which is the world, as is possible with the universal subject of migration that is the movie’s basic theme,” Aponte Centeno said.
More than 300 films from 93 countries will screen at the Argentine festival between Nov. 17-25.
Competing this year for the Astor de Oro prize will be 14 productions from Germany, Argentina, Chile, South Korea, France, Palestine, Portugal and Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rican film was mostly shot on the island, with some scenes filmed in the Dominican Republic. Postproduction was done in Paris.
“Our movies continue to show their high quality by their worldwide acceptance. We’ve had several years of good national cinema,” said for her part Maite Rivera Carbonell, executive producer of the project.