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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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Original title
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Running time
98 min.
United States United States
Dito Montiel (Novel: Dito Montiel)
Jonathan Elias, Jimmy Haun, David Wittman
Eric Gautier
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First Look International [USA] / Belladonna Productions / Original Media / Xingu Films
Drama | Independent Film (US). Crime. 1980s. Teen/coming-of-age
Synopsis / Plot
Dito is a successful writer living in Los Angeles, who is summoned home to Astoria after a 15-year absence when his father becomes seriously ill. Memories of his youth come flooding back as he revisits the old neighborhood, attempts to rebuild a relationship with his father and encounters his 'saints'--Dito's few childhood friends who aren’t in prison or dead. As Dito finds himself whisked back into the youthful events that shaped him, an unforgettable cast of characters unfolds to the sweltering heat of summer 1986. These include Laurie, Dito's childhood sweetheart; Mike O'Shea, a transplanted Scot with an Irish name who dreams of becoming a punk rock musician; Giuseppe, a reckless, destructive and possibly insane member of Dito's street posse; and the unforgettable Antonio, Dito's cocky and volatile best friend grappling with an abusive father.
2006: Sundance: Best Director Drama. Jury Special Prize Best reparto
2006: Gijon Film Festival: Best Actor (shared with all his male cast)
2006: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best First Film
2006: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Independent Films of the Year
2006: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Nominations including Best First Screenplay
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