Silverspot Cinema
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US Premiere

DIRECTED BY Leticia Tonos Paniagua

Country: Dominican Republic, Spain
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 95min
Film Year: 2018
Category: HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award

Juanita (Cheddy García) is a Dominican immigrant who has been living illegally in Madrid for some years, but as trouble closes in on her, she flees into hiding in the countryside. There she meets Mariano (played by the always-popular Tito Valverde), a lonely Spanish farmer. One thing leads to another, and Mariano soon brings Juanita out of the shadows as his new life partner!

Soon, Juanita pressures Mariano to bring her home for a long overdue trip to Santo Domingo for Christmas. Not only is Mariano visiting a country and culture that is new to him, he is about to experience the adventure of having Dominican in-laws, beginning with Juanita’s skeptical mother (played by La Reina de Bachata, Milly Quezada). With Juanita, a poignant dramedy on immigration, love and survival, director Leticia Tonos rewards us with a beautifully modulated combination of pathos and laughter.


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Director: Leticia Tonos Paniagua
Producer: Leticia Tonos Paniagua
Screenwriter: Leticia Tonos Paniagua, Juan Carlos Campos Sagaseta (Koldo)
Executive Producer: Juan Carlos Gomez, Alberto Esteban

Music: Kaelo Del Rio
Cinematographer: Luis Enrique Carrion
Editor: Teresa Font

Cast: Cheddy García, Tito Valverde, Milly Quezada, Carasaf Sanchez, Ruth Emeterio

Leticia Tonos Paniagua

Leticia Tonos is a director and producer from the Dominican Republic. Her films include Love Child (2011), Dominican Republic’s submission to the 84th Academy Awards and Cristo Rey (2013), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was also an official selection of the Miami Film Festival. Juanita (2018) is her latest feature.

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