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Before Night Falls

Rating:R (for strong sexual content, some language and brief violence)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:December 22, 2000
Running time:125 minutes
Cast:Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn
Director:Julian Schnabel
Producer:Jon Kilik
Writer:Cunningham O'Keefe, Lazaro Gomez Carriles, Julian Schnabel
Distributor:Fine Line Features

Description: This is the story of Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas. Raised in the Oriente Province of Cuba in the 1940s, Arenas began his life-long love of the sea and water. Leaving home as a young adolescent, he moves to Havana where he finds himself swept up in the revolutionary spirit and joins a circle of writers and artists. His first novel, "Singing from the Well," is published in Cuba, but as Castro's oppressive regime gathers force, Arenas' homosexuality and political writing make him a target. After being falsely accused of molestation, Arenas is arrested and imprisoned at El Morro. Eventually released from prison after dehumanizing treatment, Arenas flees Cuba in the 1980 Mariel Harbor boatlift. After moving to New York with his friend Lazaro Gomez Carilles, Arenas' hopes for a new life are destroyed by AIDS, and he dies in 1993, at the age of 45.

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