Friday, July 26, 2013

Before Night Falls

2000 American Feature

Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Santiago Magill, Héctor Babenco, Michael Wincott, Sean Penn, Diego Luna and Johnny Depp
Director: Julian Schnabel
Writer: Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles and Julian Schnabel, based on the autobiography by Reinaldo Arenas

The life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, who was vilified and imprisoned for his dissident writings and homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 73% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 85% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Bardem).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor - Drama (Bardem).
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (Bardem); also nominated for Best Feature, Director and Cinematography.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Bardem) and Freedom of Expression Award.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Bardem).
  • Venice Film Festival Grand Special Jury Prize, OCIC Award - Honorable Mention, Volpi Cup for Best Actor (Bardem) and Rota Soundtrack Award.

  • Reinaldo Arenas' acclaimed autobiography Before Night Falls (Antes que anochezca: autobiografía) was first published in 1992. The English translation was published the following year.
  • Javier Bardem spent several weeks with Reinaldo Arenas's surviving partner Lazaro Gomez Carriles, taking hours a day to study how Arenas walked and talked.

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