BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (2000)

SYNOPSIS

Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas’s life is narrated by him, in an inextricable mix of his memories, dreams, nightmares and pure fiction. He grew up as poor, naked illegitimate child, joined Castro’s Cuban revolution and became an intellectual, employed in the public library. After discovering his gay sexuality, he soon shares in the regime’s inconsistent persecution. His work and life become dominated by the mix of temptation, fear, betrayal and man-hunting in both senses. Finally he makes it to Manhattan, only to get caught in another trap for which there is only one tragic escape in the end.

AWARDS

-Won the Best Movie of the Year in the AFI Awards
-Won Grand Special Jury Prize, OCIC Award (Honorable Mention), Rota Soundtrack award and Best Actor in the Venice Film Festival
-Won the Freedom of Expression Award in the National Board of Review Awards
-Won Best Actor in the NSFC Awards
-Won Best Male Lead in the Independent Spirit Award
-Won Exposé Award in the Political Film Society Awards
-Won Best Actor in ACE Awards
-Won Audience and Critics Award for Best Foreign Actor in SESC Film Festival
-Won Best Actor in SEFCA Awards
-Won 2nd place for Best Actor in the BSFC Award
-Won 2nd place for Best Actor in LAFCA Awards
-Won 3rd place for Best Actor in the NYFCC Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Academy Awards
-Nominated to Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the Golden Globes
-Nominated to the Golden Lion in the Venice Film Festival
-Nominated to Outstanding Feature Film, Outstanding Latino Cast and Outstanding Soundtrack in the ALMA Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in a Leading Role in the ACCA Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in the Chlotrudis Awards
-Nominated to Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Male Lead in the Independent Spirit Awards
-Nominated to Outstanding Film in the GLAAD Media Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in the OFTA Film Awards
-Nominated to Best Actor in the PFCS Awards
-Nominated to Human Rights Award in the Political Film Society Awards
-Nominated to Best Original Soundtrack and Best Soundtrack Composer in the World Sountrack Award

CAST

Javier Bardem: Reinaldo Arenas
Olivier Martínez: Lázaro Gómez Carriles
Johnny Depp: Bon Bon
Olatz López Garmendia: Mamá de Reinaldo
Diego Luna: Carlos
Giovanni Florido: Reinaldo (Joven)

NETWORKS

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • Director
    Julian Schnabel
    Producer
    Jon Kilik
    Associate Producer
    Matthias Ehrenberg
    Screenplay
    Julian Schnabel
    Cunningham O’Keefe
    Lázaro Gómez Carriles
  • Cinematography
    Xavier Pérez Grobet
    Guillermo Rosas
    Music
    Carter Burwell
    Editor
    Michael Berenbaum