GRACE AND SPLENDOR
(DONAIRE Y ESPLENDOR)
Original Title: DONAIRE Y ESPLENDOR
Running Time: 96min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Cinema 360º
A joyously irreverent rom-com that plunges us headlong into the collective madness of Carnaval, this second feature from Panamanian writer-director Arturo Montenegro (The Cheque) might be thought of as Romeo & Juliet with fireworks, plumage and some seriously ribald humor.
The devastatingly handsome Esplendor and the irrepressibly adorable Donaire (social-media megastars Patrick Vollert and Gaby Garrido) first meet at the airport, having just returned from their respective journeys abroad. Denizens of Las Tablas, he lives on Calle Arriba, she on Calle Abajo, a geographical detail that pits their families in hostile opposition. But Carnaval is coming, elaborate celebrations are being organized, monarchs will be crowned, and such wild festivities have a way of sprouting romance in the most unlikely circumstances.
Director: Arturo Montenegro
Producer: Dilva Barriga
Screenwriter: Arturo Montenegro
Executive Producer: Andry José Barrientos
Production Company: Q Films
Music: Alejandro Kauderer
Cinematographer: Alexandra Henao
Editor: Avilo Montenegro