UPDATE: CIFF44 CANCELLED

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 7, 2020 } See Beyond

Hopeless Hopeful
(La Espera Desespera)

 

Year: 2013
Country: PUERTO RICO
Run Time: 97 minutes

Hopeless Hopeful
Hopeless Hopeful
Hopeless Hopeful
Hopeless Hopeful

By most accounts Jorge is not a remarkable guy. He lives a routine existence and is seemingly happy with the daily monotony. But when he discovers his wife Lisa is in need of a life-saving heart surgery, Jorge's world becomes anything but mundane. Without health insurance or the funds to pay for the operation, he's faced with a serious quandary. How far would you go to save the one you love? Finding inspiration in the movies, he decides to rob a bank. There are several things wrong with this idea, but his naivety is the most concerning—Jorge knows zilch about robbery. To make things even worse, he's decided not to tell Lisa about the half-baked plan he's concocted. Jorge's robbery attempts become sabotaged by his unavoidable awkwardness, quickly taking HOPELESS HOPEFUL from drama to straight-up comedy. Meanwhile, his wife is cooking up a secret plan of her own – one that will eventually cross paths with his. Jorge's devotion to Lisa will melt your heart. That is, if you can stop laughing long enough to notice. (In Spanish with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Capitol Theatre

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Sidebar
Cinema en Español

Genre
Recommended for High School +

Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Related Daily Postings
Always Hopeful

Director
Coraly Santaliz

Coraly Santaliz is a writer, director, and editor from Puerto Rico. She has worked as a script supervisor on such films as "Fast Five" and "The Rum Diary," and in television on shows including Homeland and Eastbound & Down. Santaliz received an M.F.A. in Film and TV Producing from Chapman University in 2001.

Filmography
"Victoria" (2006), HOPELESS HOPEFUL (2013)

Producer
María José Delgado

Screenwriting
Coraly Santaliz

Cinematography
Walter Santaliz

Editing
Coraly Santaliz

Principal Cast
Carlos Marchand, Marisé Alvarez, Lynnette Salas

Print Source

Community Partner

The Young Latino Network

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