Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas
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Laura Amelia Guzmán (born May 7, 1980) and Israel Cárdenas (born February 15, 1980) are a husband and wife directorial team.
Cárdenas was born and raised in Mexico.
Guzmán and Cárdenas began directing together in 2007 with their movie Cochochi.
In 2010 they co-directed the movie Jean Gentil which caught the attention of actress Geraldine Chaplin. After hearing Chaplin's warm praise of their film they decided to offer her a role in their next film Sand Dollars. After Chaplin agreed to appearing in a small role the couple decided to rewrite the male main characters to be women in order to give Chaplin a larger role. The film was chosen as the Dominican Republic's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015 but did not make the short list.
Their film Holy Beasts premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The film starred Geraldine Chaplin and Udo Kier as fictional friends assembling to film the lost screenplay of real-life Dominican screenwriter Jean-Louis Jorge who was murdered in 2000.
- Cochochi (2007)
- Jean Gentil (2010)
- Sand Dollars (2014)
- Noeli Overseas (2016) (Guzmán only)
- Golden Boys (2016)
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