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Before Night Falls

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Original title
Before Night Falls
Running time
133 min.
United States United States
Julian Schnabel, Cunningham O'Keefe (Autobiography: Reynaldo Arenas)
Carter Burwell
Xavier Pérez Grobet, Guillermo Rosas
Grandview Pictures Production
Drama | Biography. Gay & Lesbian. Literature
Synopsis / Plot
Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, he is in Havana. He meets the wealthy Pepe, an early lover; a love-hate relationship lasts for years. Openly gay behavior is a way to spite the government. His writing and homosexuality get him into trouble: he spends two years in prison, writing letters for other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriends Lázaro Gomes Garriles, with whom he lives stateless and in poverty in Manhattan after leaving Cuba in the Mariel boat-lift. When asked why he writes, he replies cheerfully, "Revenge."
2000: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
2000: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actor - Drama (Javier Bardem)
2000: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Libertad of expresión, Actor (Javier Bardem)
2000: Venice Film Festival: Special Jury Prize and Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
2000: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
2000: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
2000: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Bardem)
2000: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Actor (Javier Bardem). 4 Nominations
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
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