November 2, 2004
  • Zoe Saldana here to film movie
  • Isabella Rossellini in the DR
  • Latin Surf Tour to Cabarete
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Zoe Saldana here to film movie
Dominican-origin Hollywood starlet Zoe Saldana is currently in the DR to star in a Dominican film, the low-budget romantic comedy La maldicion del padre Cardona, written and produced by Felix German. Saldana, who has never been part of a Dominican production before, is known for her performances in the films Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), Crossroads (2002), Drumline (2002), Snipes (2002) and Center Stage (2000). Her most recent cinematic appearance cast her alongside Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Steven Spielberg's latest film The Terminal. Of working in the DR, the 26-year-old actress and accomplished dancer told El Caribe that what she most likes is the dignified projection of the Dominican community. She said she would help in the international promotion of the Felix German film.
In addition to the current production, Saldana said she was also working on Guess Who, a comedy that will feature Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac and scheduled for release in March 2005.
Among future plans, Saldana says she would like to write a movie script.
Isabella Rossellini in the DR
Isabella Rossellini, at age 52, has become the darling of Dominican press as she stars as the adult Urania in the filming of The Feast of the Goat, currently being shot in the DR. The project is based on Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa’s work of historical fiction on Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Rossellini has been in the country since 21 October, marking her second stay in the DR. In an interview with Hoy newspaper, the actress recalled that her first time in the DR was spent working as a fashion model with Oscar de la Renta at a Casa de Campo event.
Rossellini said she would agree to participate in a Dominican film if the production had a good director and an interesting script.
The Feast of the Goat intertwines three stories: that of the Trujillo dictatorship, the history of those who sought to assassinate him and the life of Urania Cabral, who, according to the story, lived in the DR until she was sexually abused by the dictator at 14. Urania’s parents then sent her to live in the US thanks to efforts of the St Dominic nuns working at the Colegio Santo Domingo. While the story is very Dominican-specific, Rossellini described the film as a “portrait of all dictators.”
The film is being produced by a group that includes Luis Llosa, who is Mario Vargas’s cousin, Tomas Milian, who plays Trujillo, and others. The US$10-million movie, which is being filmed in English, next shifts its location to Spain. Dominican Jose Antonio Molina is responsible for the film’s music.
Book author Mario Vargas Llosa also visited last week to watch the filming.
Latin Surf Tour to Cabarete
The OP Latin Pro Republica Dominicana 2004 event, with a cash prize of US$10,000, will be held in Cabarete this 5-7 November. The Association of Hotels & Restaurants of Sosua and Cabarete is hosting the event that marks the eighth stop on the Latin American Surf Circuit organized by the Latin American Surf Association (ALAS), currently in its third consecutive year. The ALAS circuit covers countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean, with over 100 world-class athletes participating in the 12 annual stops made in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. See
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