Written and directed by David Maler (Dominican Republic) Cuarencena is one of the Caribbean films nominated for the 96th Academy Awards. [The title combines the words “cuarentena”—quarantine—and “cena”—dinner to create “cuarencena,” or quarantine dinner.]
Description: In the middle of a pandemic, a five-star chef and his wife host an evening gathering in their luxurious colonial apartment despite a nationwide curfew. 7 friends, in quarantine. It’s a premise that may feel familiar in our new era, but Cuarencena is a comedy that doesn’t search for easy targets. Just like the elaborate dinner in which these characters take delight, the story is told in 5 courses, but as the drinks flow and their weak points are pressed, the guests begin to unearth secrets and share dirty laundry, threatening the harmony of their “tight” group. What was supposed to be a pleasant evening turns into something much rawer and more humorous—a wild descent into the abyss. Through its delicious images and set to the rhythm of jazz, Cuarencena is both a time capsule and a Darwinian fable; an irreverent but big-hearted film about these chaotic times, and a universal story about friendship, love and the folly of being human.
David Maler was born on March 10, 1990, in Boca de Chavon, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic. He is a producer, actor, (and now) director. He is known for Reinbou (2017), Todas las mujeres son iguales (2017) and La Boya (2019).
IMDb writes: His father, the renowned Argentinean artist Leopoldo Maler, built his studio on the mouth of the Chavon River, where the river meets the Caribbean Sea. In 2008 David Maler moves to New York, then London following his acting coach, Jack Waltzer. In 2009 he moves to Buenos Aires to study film direction at Universidad de Cine (FUC). After two years, he becomes involved in the independent theatre scene, directing and performing in various plays. In 2012 he studies Theatre Direction in Centro de Investigacion Cinematografica (CIC) until his return to his native Dominican Republic in 2013, where he has acted in numerous important cinematographic productions. He co-founds Cacique Films along with his wife, actress Nashla Bogaert, and business partner Gilberto Morillo. At the age of 23 he writes, develops and later produces and directs his first feature film.
See trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDlO1_-rs-Y
Translated by Ivette Romero. See the original description (in Spanish) at https://caribbeancinemas.com/arubaes/movie/8749/
See a review by Alfonso Quiñones at https://www.elcaribe.com.do/gente/a-y-e/en-cines-el-filme-dominicano-cuarencena-de-david-maler/