Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the U.S. theatrical and VOD release of the Puerto Rican drama LA GRANJA from first-time director Angel Manuel Soto. In the vein of AMORES PERROS, La Granja provides a "strong visual sense, along with powerful performances" (Remezcla) and is described as "one of the most impressive films coming out of Puerto Rico in recent years" (CineXpress). The film opens at Laemmle Monica Film Center on Friday, June 9, followed by other U.S. cities, and a VOD release on June 20.
In the small sector of a Macondo-like island forgotten by the catastrophic effects of an economic depression and drug addiction, lives are pushed to the limit. A promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and a fat kid with a bike: three intersecting stories focus around the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico. Each actor in this modern day tragedy will ultimately discover how the pursuit of hope can dehumanize and expose underlying animal instincts.
Winner of the Best First Film Award at the Guadalajara Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language at the UK National Film Academy, La Granja held its world premiere at Fantastic Fest and had a successful film festival run playing at Tribeca, Raindance, Miami, among others. Soto's acclaimed debut feature offers a timely and electrifying portrayal of the hardships and hopelessness of life in modern Puerto Rico, and heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in Puerto Rican cinema.