East Coast Premiere

DIRECTED BY José María Cabral

Country: Dominican Republic
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: CARPINTEROS

Running Time: 109min
Film Year: 2017
Category: HBO Ibero American Competition

Most of us have had moments where we have felt ourselves to be prisoners of love. This ingeniously conceived feature from the Dominican Republic’s José María Cabral, meanwhile, explores the possibility of finding love in an actual prison.

Julián is an inmate with a rather peculiar task. At the risk of engendering harsh punishment, Julián communicates across gender-restricted prison yards with Yanelly, having been hired by her ex-husband to act as a messenger. Julián and Yanelly innovate their own form of sign language, which they call “woodpecking.” As they peck away at each other from an otherwise unbridgeable divide, the two fall in love, sparking a precarious secret romance in the face of unusually forbidding odds.


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Director: José María Cabral
Producer: José María Cabral
Screenwriter: José María Cabral

Music: Freddy Arturo Ginebra
Cinematographer: Hernán Herrera
Editor: José María Cabral

Cast: Jean Jean, Ramon Emilio Candelario, Judith Rodriguez

José María Cabral

José Maria Cabral is a Dominican filmmaker. His credits as writer-director include Excexos (08), Check Mate (12), Arrobá (13), Despertar (14), Detective Willy (15) and Woodpeckers (17).