Berlinale

Cocote

Synopsis
Alberto, a gardener who works in the city, travels to his hometown to attend the funeral of his deceased father, killed by a policeman. Upon arrival, he finds that there is no burial, but a three day ritual to mourn and celebrate his death. This ritual, with Catholic and African roots, is considered satanic and immoral to the new beliefs of Alberto, now of the protestant church.
During these days of celebrations, Alberto will have another surprise; his family announces their true desire for him, to avenge the death of his father. Overwhelmed, Alberto is lost in the small town life, his thoughts confront different gods and the idea of murder presents itself as the only solution to restore some kind of order.

Director’s Note
I have always been interested in the origin from where violence in my country arises. A strange violence, silent, always lurking. To talk about violence, I ask from what point do we constitute morality? I tackle this question through analyzing our religions, a fundamental institution in the production of values. Cocote becomes a platform where these religions that produce values are confronted and try to defend themselves.

Dominican Republic
Director: Nelson Carlo de los Santos
Production: Guasabara Cine (Dominican Republic), Nabis Filmgroup (Argentina)
German WCF partner: Pandora Film Produktion

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2014
Funding amount: 30.000 €