Cronicas (2005)

Cronicas
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 38mins.
Genres Drama, Crime, Thriller, Foreign
Keywords fish-out-of-water, journalism, serial killer, small town
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Lisandra I Rivera Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Enrique Chediak Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Francois "Coco" Laso Photography Stills Photographer 120835 6000002
Carolina Fox Production Manager n/a 305 5000001
Sebastian Cordero Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Frida Torresblanco Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Thierry Forte Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Luis Carballar Editor n/a 172 7000001
Ivan Mora Editor n/a 172 7000002
Regina Reyes Makeup Artist n/a 120801 13000002
Santiago Nunez Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000001
Martin Hernandez Ztrakz Supervising Sound Editor n/a 328 14000002
Monica Ruiz Ziegler Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Mauricio Samaniego Casting Director (Ecuador) 157 10000001
Antonio Pinto Music n/a 120781 8000001
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Guillermo del Toro Producer n/a 3 3000005
Isabel Davalos Producer n/a 3 3000004
Daniel Giménez Cacho Actor n/a 1 1000006
Paz Vega Actor n/a 1 1000007
Camilo Luzuriaga Actor Capitan Bolivar Rojas 1 1000008
Damian Alcazar Actor Vinicio Cepeda 1 1000005
Alfred Molina Actor Victor Hugo Puente 1 1000004
Leonor Watling Actor Marisa Iturralde 1 1000002
Jose Maria Yazpik Actor Ivan Suarez 1 1000003
Gloria Leiton Actor Esperanza 1 1000009
Luiggi Pulla Actor Robert 1 1000010
Alfonso Cuarón Producer n/a 3 3000001
Jorge Vergara Producer n/a 3 3000002
Bertha Navarro Producer n/a 3 3000003
Sebastian Cordero Director n/a 2 2000001
Tamara Navas Actor Dona Etelvina 1 1000013
Henry Layana Actor Don Lucho 1 1000011
Hugo Idrovo Actor Lic. Orestes Zambrano 1 1000012
John Leguizamo Actor Manolo Bonilla 1 1000001
Synopsis
The hot and humid village of Babahoyo, Ecuador lives in dread ever since many of its children started disappearing, to be found later, raped, killed and buried in several communal gravesites. The police have no clues but this gruesome story has become an obsession for Manolo Bonilla, a reporter for the Miami-based tabloid television show "Una Hora Con La Verdad", who has flown down with his crew to cover the story. Manolo is convinced that it is the work of a single serial killer, dubbed the "Monstruo de Babahoyo" by his show. Tension in the town reaches a boiling point when Vinicio Cepeda, a traveling salesman, accidentally runs over a child, and an angry mob led by the child's father, Don Lucho, tries to burn him alive. Both Vinicio and Don Lucho are arrested. Manolo interviews both men inside a jail teeming with violence: Don Lucho has tried to kill Vinicio several times, so Vinicio is desperate to get out of there. Vinicio tells Manolo that he has information about the "Monstruo," but in exchange for it, he wants Manolo to do a story exposing his unfair and dangerous situation in jail. After checking out Vinico's information, Manolo immediately suspects that Vinicio could be the "Monstruo" himself, but doesn't tell the authorities; he'd rather use it to make a great story for the show. Meanwhile, his story on Vinicio's imprisonment takes on a dimension of its own, dwelling mostly on Vinicio's human side and the strength of forgiveness. When it's shown on TV, people's attitudes toward Vinicio change, including Don Lucho's, and the charges against Vinicio are dropped. When Vinicio is released from prison, Manolo finds hard evidence of Vinicio's guilt. Manolo and his crew are unable to find Vinicio, who was last seen heading into the wilderness with his adopted young son. Terrified of what might happen if he confesses, Manolo decides to leave the country at once. Before boarding the plane, the TV station calls to congratulate him: his story's made such an impact that he will be rewarded with his own show.
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