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Hopeless Hopeful
(La Espera Desespera)

Year: 2013
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

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM -
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Capitol Theatre

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Cinema en Español

Recommended for High School +

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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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.

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

María José Delgado

Coraly Santaliz

Walter Santaliz

Coraly Santaliz

Principal Cast
Carlos Marchand, Marisé Alvarez, Lynnette Salas

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