SUNNYLAND

West Coast Premiere


¡VIVA EL CINE! | US CINEMA

US 2022, 77 min, Director: Xavi Medina

It’s no easy feat to capture the enigmatic, dreamlike magic of childhood in movie form, but Xavi Medina does just that with his feature debut. The filmmaker wrote, directed, shot, and edited this tale of five-year-old EZ (Isabella Wilkie), who lives in a Miami trailer park and has one simple goal in life: to see the ocean for the first time. Medina’s ambling and contemplative cinema-verité style recalls the hazy, colorful wonderment of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project (MVFF40), accentuated by an incisive undercurrent of poverty and the immigrant experience. In this tender drama’s focus on EZ’s boundless imagination, and in its insightful compassion for inattentive parents simply doing the best they can, Sunnyland brims with its own unique humanity — setting Medina apart as one to watch. —Aurora Amidon

Guests expected: writer-director Xavi Medina, producer Maria Cotarelo 

No es tarea fácil capturar la magia enigmática y onírica de la infancia en forma de película, pero Xavi Medina lo hace con su ópera prima. El cineasta escribió, dirigió, filmó y editó esta historia de EZ (Isabella Wilkie), una niña de cinco años que vive en un parque de casas rodantes de Miami y tiene un simple objetivo en la vida: ver el océano por primera vez. El contemplativo y deambulante estilo cine-verité de Medina evoca la difusa y colorida sensación de asombro en The Florida Project (MVFF40) de Sean Baker, acentuado por un incisivo trasfondo de pobreza y la experiencia del inmigrante. Con el enfoque de este tierno drama en la imaginación ilimitada de EZ, y con su perspicaz compasión por unos padres desatentos pero que simplemente hacen lo mejor que pueden, Sunnyland rebosa humanidad, lo que distingue a Medina como un cineasta que hay que seguir de cerca.

Traducido por Isabel Fondevila

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Showtimes

In-Person


7:00 PM — Sequoia 2

Virtual


Oct 6, 12:00 AM — Oct 17, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Director

Xavi Medina was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, majored in audiovisual communication at the University of Puerto Rico, and received his MFA in directing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has directed commercials and short films that include ELISA (2007), SOLILOQUIO (2011), and LOLA (2013). SUNNYLAND (MVFF45) is his first feature.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

77

Director:

Xavi Medina

Producers:

Maria Amelia Cotarelo, Xavi Medina

Cinematographers:

Xavi Medina

Editors:

Xavi Medina

Writers:

Xavi Medina

Cast:

Isabella Wilkie, Nathalia Lares, Jessy Suarez, Annette Sellas, Filio Galvez, Jadanalis Trujillo, Cristian Miranda

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