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.
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.
Locarno International Film Festival 2017, Signs of Life
Key festivals and awards
Signs of Life Best Film Award, Locarno International Film Festival 2017; Toronto International Film Festival 2017; San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017; Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018, Best Latin American Film, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2017; New Horizons International Film Festival 2018
Dominican Republic, 2017
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 €