MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART

By Cecilia ALDARONDO

BLACKSCRACKLE FILMS LLC - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

Twenty-five years after Miguel died of AIDS, his niece tracks down his estranged lover and cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama.

Festivals
& Awards

Tribeca FF 2016
World Premiere, Documentary Competition
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival 2016
Winner, Best Documentary
Indie Memphis Film Festival 2016
Special Jury Prize for Emotional Honesty
COSTA RICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Documentary Competition
Guanajuato International Film Festival 2016
Documentary Competition
New Orleans Film Festival 2016
Caribbean Cinema
BFI Flare 2017
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    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, LGBT
    • Countries
    • USA, PUERTO RICO
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 72 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Cecilia ALDARONDO
    • Writer(s)
    • Cecilia ALDARONDO
    • Producer(s)
    • Cecilia ALDARONDO (Blackscrackle Films, LLC)
    • Synopsis
    • Combining a wealth of recently discovered home movies, video, and written documents with artfully shot contemporary interviews and vérité footage, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is a documentary that cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. Originating from filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s suspicion that there was something ugly in her family’s past, the film charts her excavation of the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death, and her search for Miguel’s partner Robert a generation later. After two years of dead ends, Robert turns up: but he’s not the same man. He’s reinvented himself as Father Aquin, a Franciscan monk with twenty-five years of pent-up grief and bitterness. For the first time, a member of Miguel’s family wants to hear Aquin’s side of the story—but is it too little, too late? A story about the mistakes of the past and the second chances of the present, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.
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