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VENUS

LANGUAGES: Spanish | SUBTITLES: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:51
Year of production: 2018

SYNOPSIS

A teenage girl struggles to help her unstable mother maintain custody of her daughters, but the disappearance of her boyfriend leads to an unfortunate incident that changes their lives forever.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Marinero Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Venus: Teresa Hernández
Lina: Ariam Gutiérrez
Mara: Paulis Cofresí Cartagena
Sergio: Maximiliano Rivas
Ángela: Katira Álvarez
Julio: Julio Ramos
Ursa: Leslie Van Zandt

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Raisa Bonnet
Screenwriter: Raisa Bonnet
Producer: Raisa Bonnet, Rique Colón, Adrián Shwarz
Director of Photography: PJ López
Sound: Maite Rivera Carbonnell
Editing: Gabriel Coss, Raisa Bonnet
Sound Editing: Maite Rivera Carbonnell
Music Composer: Rique Colón

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Country of origin: Puerto Rico
Year of production: 2018
Total running time: 14:51
Shooting format: HDCAM
Color type: RGB
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Sound format: Stereo

AWARDS

Festival Internacional de Cine de Fine Arts, Puerto Rico (2017)
Winner – Best National Director
Winner - Best Cinematography

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Festival de Cine Europeo, Puerto Rico (2017)
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña & National Endowment for the Arts (2017, Grant for post production)
Festival Internacional de Cine de Fine Arts, Puerto Rico (2017)
Festival Internacional de Madrid, Spain (2017)
Festival Internacional de Salento, Italy (2017)

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Born to bookstore owners in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Raisa Bonnet naturally grew up to become an award-winning storyteller and filmmaker. Her work often deals with women's issues and familial relationships in her home country, reflecting universal themes.

As a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer, she earned her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Audiovisual Communications at the University of Puerto Rico, where she is now a film professor.

Raisa's short film LUNA VIEJA screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, won awards including Best Short in the Seattle Latino Film Festival, Best Director in the Cinefiesta Film Festival, National Board of Review, and a UNESCO award for representing young Puerto Rican filmmakers. Her latest short film, VENUS, premiered at the Madrid International Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival, and won Best National Director at the Fine Arts International FIlm Festival in 2017, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2019 for her work producing the documentary Uno a Uno. She also won Best Cinematography at the 2020 European Film Festival in Puerto Rico for her work on Mano Santa.

Raisa is currently developing her debut feature film, BRAIDED, a European/Puerto-Rican co-production. The project was selected for the Talents Guadalajara Co-production 2017 Meeting Program, and won the Filmmakers' Immersion Pitch Prize at Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.