Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:100 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Christopher Coppola
Producer:Christopher Coppola
Jeffrey Gliwa
Alain Silver
Screenwriter:Christopher Coppola
Nona Haydon
Cinematographer:Sebastian Hiriart
Tomas Tucker
Editor:Daniel Kremer
Nona Haydon
Cast:Lacey Dorn
Vincent Spano
John Savage
Deborah Kara Unger
Rita Moreno
Print Source:PlasterCITY Productions
Note Writer:Janis Plotkin


The lush rain forests of Belize should be a welcome home to brilliant vegetation, buzzing bugs, and raucous birds. But in this jungle thriller, it provides excellent cover for supernatural forces, menacing jaguars, and bandits with a plan. Many years after the mysterious deaths of her parents, the now adult but still fragile Clara returns with her new love, the smoldering Gabriel, to her grandfather August’s Belize compound. Gradually, Clara realizes that returning to the place she loved also means confronting her fears. Dreams merge into reality when her whole world suddenly and mysteriously turns upside down. Who can she trust? With drummers beating and beasts looming, local allies try to protect Clara from both new and old villains. Christopher Coppola’s (Sacred Blood, MVFF 2015) exquisite cinematography and use of a local cast add a layer of authenticity to a tangled tale, in which only the jungle paradise knows the secrets that loom within.

Additional Information

Christopher Coppola has been a leader in digital media for more than two decades. He has directed eleven feature film and television shows, and produced content for alternative distribution and interactive platforms. Coppola created Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), a non-profit, hands-on, digital film festival designed to reach the “everyday person.” To date, over 60 digital media festivals, called PAH-FESTs, have been held worldwide. Coppola is currently the head of the film program and a tenured professor at the San Francisco Art Institute. Governor Brown appointed him to the California Arts Council, where he advocates for art in our public schools.