Before Night Falls | 2000

Drama, Adaptation
Story of Reinaldo Arenas, a poet who fled Cuba to the United States and committed suicide in New York while suffering from AIDS.

Cast

... Reinaldo Arenas

Actor

... Bon Bon

Actor

... Lazaro Gomez Carriles

Actor

... Pepe Malas

Actor

... Cuco Sanchez

Actor

... Herberto Zorilla Ochoa

Actor

... Fina Zorilla Correa

Actor

... Virgilio Pinera

Actor

... Reinaldo's Mother

Actor

... Teenage Reinaldo Arenas

Actor

... Professor

Actor

... Juan Abrau

Actor

Company

Balsmeyer & Everett Inc

Production Company

Cineric Inc

Production Company

Effecine

Production Company

El Mar Pictures

Production Company

Grandview Pictures

Production Company

Synopsis

The story of Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas. Raised in the Oriente Province of Cuba in the 1940s, Arenas began his life-long love of the sea and water. Leaving home as a young adolescent, he moves to Havana where he finds himself swept up in the revolutionary spirit and joins a circle of writers and artists. His first novel, "Singing from the Well," is published in Cuba, but as Castro's oppressive regime gathers force, Arenas' homosexuality and political writing make him a target. After being falsely accused of molestation, Arenas is arrested and imprisoned at El Morro. Eventually released from prison after dehumanizing treatment, Arenas flees Cuba in the 1980 Mariel Harbor boatlift. Moving to New York with his friend Lazaro Gomez Carilles, Arenas' hopes for a new life are destroyed by AIDS, and he dies in 1993, at the age of 45.

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