09 20 Oct '24
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Julian Schnabel

Before Night Falls

125' - 2000 - Drama, Biography, Romance - Dialogue: Russian, Spanish, French, English
Director: Julian Schnabel Composer: Carter Burwell With: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Sean Penn
The film is based on the life of Reinaldo Arenas, exiled Cuban novelist and poet, who was born in 1943 in Oriente Province, and died in New York City in 1990. The film contrasts his early years, a childhood of absolute poverty yet absolute freedom, with the horrors and difficulties he encounters as a writer and homosexual censored and persecuted in Castro’s Cuba and then as an exile in New York. At 14, Reinaldo was educated by the revolution. At 20, he won a National Book Award and published his first novel, Celestino Antes del Alba. In 1973 he was arrested, and his work confiscated. In 1980 Castro allowed anyone who was homosexual, mentally ill or had a prison record to leave Cuba. Arenas was among the 125,000 persons who left. But he didn’t find paradise in the United States… (www.mostradelcinemavenezia.com)

Image gallery

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Julian Schnabel


Carter Burwell


Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Sean Penn


Julian Schnabel, Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles

Director of Photography

Xavier Grobet, Guillermo Rosas


Michael Berenbaum


John Kilik, Julian Schnabel

More information


Russian, Spanish, French, English

Countries of production

United States of America



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