Dominican Republic / 2017 / 106 minutes / NR

A rapturous crime fable set in the Dominican Republic, Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias’ Cocote follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder. It’s an unthinkable act — especially for him, an Evangelical Christian. But as pressure mounts, he sees few ways out. Questions of faith, tradition and honor course through this electrifying film, which, seemingly at the speed of thought itself, jumps between film formats, colors, and aspect ratios, radically envisioning a community torn asunder by senseless violence.


  • Director

    Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias

  • Producer

    Fernando Santos Díaz

  • Cast

    Vicente Santos
    Judth Rodríguez
    Yuberbi de la Rosa

  • "Rare is the feature film from the Dominican Republic, for sure, but even rarer is a film like Cocote. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias’ fascinating opus [is] made under the dual sign of Glauber Rocha and Roberto Bolaño."

    — Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope
  • "A musically and culturally rich tale of revenge. Bold but never overly indulgent."

    — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
  • "De Los Santos Arias’s rapturous, intimate camera is particularly effective in capturing real-life rituals. [The] filmmaker brings to life a universe that is at once strange yet pulses with familiar passions."

    — Ela Bittencourt, Frieze

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