Introduced by Geraldine Chaplin

The Dominican Republic beach town of Samana is a popular spot for locals and expats alike. With increased tourism comes new opportunities for locals to improve themselves financially. Sand Dollars follows the lesbian romance between 20-year-old local Noeli and the sophisticated expat Anne (played with incredible nuance by Geraldine Chaplin) who is absolutely smitten and possessive. Noeli, who lives with her boyfriend, takes advantage of Anne’s kindness, but is tempted by the offer of a better life. Told with subtlety and elegance, Sand Dollars offers a clear representation of contemporary reality, probing these unbalanced relationships without judgment.

Geraldine Leigh Chaplin, born in 1944 to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin, is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O’Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy in London. She was discovered by David Lean when she was dancing in Paris, which led to her role in Doctor Zhivago (1965). She has acted in more than 140 films and numerous television productions. Nominated twice for Golden Globes, she has received multiple awards including the prestigious Goya Award, and prizes at film festivals in Munich, Paris, Sitges, Málaga, and Funchal.

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Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán
Spanish with English subtitles
Dominican Republic/Argentina/Mexico
Running Time
80 minutes
DCP, Color