MONTEVIDEO

By Paul VENEGAS

XANADU FILMS - as PROD

First film - Post-Production 2018

LEI and WONG, arrive in Guayaquil during a dispute in the local Chinatown. Her dream is to go to New York but her future is in the hands of CHANG, a despotic mobster who falls madly in love with her. They fight to maintain their integrity while devising an escape, chance determines their destiny.

Festivals
& Awards

Beijing IFF 2014
Best Project Pitch Forum
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • ECUADOR, URUGUAY, COLOMBIA
    • Languages
    • MANDARIN, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Paul VENEGAS
    • Writer(s)
    • Carlos TERAN, Paul VENEGAS
    • Producer(s)
    • Paul VENEGAS (Xanadu Films), Esteban SCHROEDER (La Suma Cine TV), Isabella PARRA, Giuliano CAVALLI (Murillo Films)
    • Synopsis
    • LEI and WONG leave clandestinely on a cargo ship from the port of Shenzhen in China, they establish an emotional bond. Upon their arrival in Colombia, they are separated during a police raid at the port of Buenaventura. She struggles while trying to get to Guayaquil-Ecuador with only one ambition in mind: to continue her arranged journey to New York. Meanwhile WONG is taken directly to Guayaquil by the local smugglers. He is introduced to CHANG, a mobster who among other illegal activities smuggles people in and out of the commercial district of Guayaquil. Here, unwillingly WONG is entangled in the web of corruption that runs the encroachment of Chinese immigrants in the city. His parents and the future of his son back in China occupy his mind. Suddenly LEI arrives and nothing will be the same. CHANG did not expect to follow madly in love with one of his “goods”. He manipulates LEI by offering the benefits of his friendship, her frustration challenges her own integrity. LEI and WONG open up to the elderly Mr. LU, who left the cultural revolution to pursue his dream of becoming a calligrapher. A fire at a local store puts the dispute with the local merchants at a high point, the local authorities pressure CHANG and the ulterior motive among them its revealed. LEI only wants to go to New York but no journey will be easy without documents. VICTOR TORRES, a football fanatic young man gets in the way of the two immigrants. WONG, CHANG and VICTOR compete for LEI’s love. She rejects CHANG’s advances and his bitterness uncovers his ruthless personality. To marry VICTOR might be a way out. A heroin smuggling scheme will put WONG and LEI at a crossroads, their freedom is at risk and they only have each other to save themselves. They plot their escape, and coincidences end up choosing their destiny. There, they will find themselves in the vicious circle of a close Chinese community, with the anguish and despair of an uncertain future.
    • Partners & financing
    • Consejo de CIne de Ecuador
      Ibermedia
      Ecuavisa
      Murillo Films
      La Suma CINETV
    • Production schedule
    • Main Shooting September 2017
      Release 2018
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 04, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Nov 10, 2017
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