The Projectionist

The Projectionist

by José Maria Cabral

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

A projectionist confined to live his existence passionately in love with a woman he knows only through projected film reels. One night the reels get burned and he embarks on a trip searching for the real identity of his mysterious beloved.


Awards & Festivals

Dominican Republic official entry for the Academy Awards
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Miami Film Festival
AFI Latin American Film Festival




Felix Germán, Cindy Galán

Director Bio

José María Cabral is a Dominican director, screenwriter and producer. His first feature film, Jaque Mate (2011) was selected as the Dominican entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. His previous film, Woodpeckers, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017.


Director Statement

Milan Kundera said that good characters were born from a stomach ache, and that is exactly how Eliseo was created. The difference between me and the character is that one projects films and the other makes them. Creating films make you conscious of your inner motives, many of them as dark as Eliseo’s universe. And this is where The Projectionist starts off, from an important and recurrent obsession that motivates the character, the movie and the director himself.

Cast Bio

Félix Germán 
Is a veteran Dominican actor and director whose career in Film and Theatre spans over five decades. In addition to his many roles in Dominican films, he has also participated in international projects such as Sydney Pollack‘s Havana and Andy Garcia‘s The Lost City

Cindy Galán 
Is a young actress with a rising profile in the Dominican theatre scene, after roles in Desnudos, Perfectus Quorum, and Hamlet, making now her debut in feature films with The Projectionist.


Director José María Cabral
Screenplay José María Cabral
Producer Juan Basanta
Production Company Tabula Rasa Films
Executive Producers José María Cabral, José María Cabral A. 
Cinematographer Hernán Herrera
Sound Franklin Hernández
Editing Nacho Ruiz 
Production Designer Rafi Mercado
Music Lucas Suárez

Original Title: El Proyeccionista | Dominican Republic 2019 | Drama | 98’ | Spanish OV with English subs | 2:35 | 4k | 23.97 fps

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