Ruben Blades es cantante, compositor, político y actor.

Con el músico Rubén Blades como protagonista se estrena la película Spoken Word en Nueva York. Es la historia de un joven poeta que regresa a visitar a su padre que se está muriendo de cáncer. La película fue filmada en una zona desértica de calles polvorientas, bares de mala muerte y desilusión.

Sin embargo, Spoken Word es una película de esperanza y sacrificio. Hay poesía, hermosos diálogos y mucha enseñanza. El amor de la familia sale triunfante y el legado latino se impone en un mundo de aislamiento, violencia, licor, drogas y sexo.

Spoken Word se estrena en un teatro este viernes 23 de julio, el Big Cinema Manhattan (239 East 59th Street). En Los Angeles comienza el 30 de julio en el Laemmle Sunset y Laemmle Playhouse.

Los actores Kuno Becker y Persia White.

SPOKEN WORD

Actores: Kuno Becker, Rubén Blades, Miguel Sandoval, Persia White

Director: Victor Nuñez

Libreto: William T. Conway & Joe Ray Sandoval

Estreno: Julio 23, 2010 (NYC); Julio 30, 2010 (expansión)

Tiempo de duración: 116 minutos (R)

The story: From acclaimed director Victor Nunez (“Ulee’s Gold”), SPOKEN WORD tells the story of Cruz Montoya (Kuno Becker, “Goal!,” “From Mexico with Love”), a rock star on the West Coast poetry circuit, where audiences from San Diego to Seattle gather to hear him perform. Just off the road from a successful tour, he gets an unexpected phone call alerting him that his father, Senior (Rubén Blades, “Predator 2,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”), is fatally ill.

Cruz rushes home to his dying father, a reclusive former schoolteacher still leading a traditional life in their once bucolic mountain valley, now ravaged by poverty, drug abuse, and violence. After years away, Cruz quickly begins to retreat into his troubled former life, managing a Santa Fe hip-hop club owned by a local crime boss, Emilio (Miguel Sandoval, TV’s “Medium,” “Bottle Shock,” “Clear and Present Danger”), who Senior used to run with back in the day.

Seduced by the fast action and easy money, Cruz loses his poetic voice, his identity, and almost his life, before he finds a way to heal his relationships with his family, his community, and himself.  A nuanced depiction of an evolving father-son relationship, SPOKEN WORD depicts the edgy collision of old and new worlds in a rare, authentic portrait of Latino culture in the Southwest, illustrating how cultural roles and machismo can give way when families can move beyond words, both spoken and unspoken, to share the language of their hearts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

– Distributor Contact: Dylan Marchetti, Variance Films: dylan@variancefilms.com, 212-537-6769

– Press Contact (National): Neyda Martinez, Monserrat LTD: monserrat536@msn.com, 917-656-7846

– Press Contact (Reviews): Alex Klenert, Prodigy PR: ak@prodigypublicrelations.com, 310-857-2020

All photos by Lorey Sebastian/Luminaria.