The Golden Dream

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"Powerful and truthful... urgent, defiant and heartbreaking.." Mark Kermode, The Observer

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

Writer: Diego Quemada-Díez

Stars: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez


Juan, Samuel and Sara leave Guatemala hoping for a better life in the US. On their way, they are joined by a Tzotzil indian boy, Chauk. Together, their journey to America will be a dangerous one, joining many others who travel on this infamous route in search of the American Dream.

THE GOLDEN DREAM is Diego Quemada-Diez’s astounding debut feature film. In its realist depiction of friendship and survival against the striking yet dangerous Mexican backdrop, the film is reminiscent of the gripping and moving dramas of Ken Loach, with whom Diego Quemada-Diez collaborated on Carla’s Song, Land and Freedom and Bread and Roses.

  • “A beautiful film, full of human warmth, compassion and truth. The struggle of the innocent is caught with precision. And it is clear that the real enemy is beyond their reach or comprehension, but nonetheless very present in the film. Terrific!”
    - Ken Loach

  • "a very substantial movie, with great compassion and urgency"
    -Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian

  • "Brilliant...The young actors are exceptional"
    - The Independent

  • "The performances are simply exceptional and the script is as harrowing as it is beautiful."
    -Daily Mirror

  • "an assured and moving debut"
    -The Times

  • "a drama of lacerating power and honesty... tremendous performances"
    -The Telegraph
Cast: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez, Carlos Chajon
Director: Diego Quemada-Díez
Writer: Diego Quemada-Díez
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.35:1
Certificate: 12
Running Time: 108 mins
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Release Date: 13-10-2014
VoD Release Date: 27-10-2014
Cinema Release Date: 27-06-2014
DVD Extras: Short Film 'I Want To Be A Pilot' | Interview with Director
Dvd Catalogue Number: 5060265150112
Year: 2013
Producers: Inna Payán, Luis Salinas, Edher Campos
Editor: Paloma López
Cinematography: María Secco
Music By: Jacobo Lieberman, Leonardo Heiblum

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