11 de julio de 2019
SOMOS Films announced that its new film, Especial, a Venezuelan-American coproduction, will be shown on the big screens in 2020 with a controversial and delicate theme: Chuo’s story, a 23 years old young man with Down syndrome who dreams about being a famous artist.
"With Especial, we add a unique movie to our catalog. It is original, touching and well-produced. We’re certain that the movie will be well-received and recognized by its plot and its professional work in photography, editing, acting, narrative and direction in general. We feel satisfied and proud by the way the movie handled such a delicate topic, expressing love and respect for people with disabilities,” expressed with satisfaction Luis Villanueva, president of SOMOS Films.
Especial tells the story of Chúo and the ups and downs he faces growing as an exceptional young man. Chúo faces the absence of his mother and lives with his father José, a frustrated percussionist who takes refuge in alcohol. José does not know how to handle the emotional needs of his son. Chúo is a talented young man who wants to participate in the Annual Contest for Artists with Down syndrome in Venezuela for his first time. All the while, Chúo is in a discovering phase of his sexuality which is further heightened by his condition, bringing the expected frustration. At the same time, he deals with the conflicts created by the demands and the rejections that people with Down syndrome sometimes face.
Greyber Rengifo (a young man with Down syndrome) stars as the lead male actor, along with the percussionist Ruper Vásquez and the special participation, both in music and in acting, of the renowned Venezuelan jazzman and salsa artist Alfredo Naranjo.
Especial is an interesting piece because of the human aspect of the story and also for the excellent performance and direction of the film. Both the production companies and the director of Especial (Ignacio Márquez) faced the challenges of production of this kind in a masterly manner. The film will be shown at Film Festivals before its massive distribution and exhibition.
Produced by José Antonio Varela, Especial is the result of the union of efforts among SOMOS Films and the Venezuelan production companies El Dorado Films and Divarte Cine, aiming to production with quality and Latin-American tones, but with a universal character.
09 de octubre de 2018