Music Box Films has announced the U.S. Theatrical run of the soccer drama Hermano, Marcel Rasquin’s debut feature film. A box office hit in Venezuela and the country’s official submission to the Academy Awards in 2011, the film will open at the AMC Empire 25 and Cinema Village theaters in New York City on Friday, August 24, and in over 20 cities across the country including Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco.
Hermano tells a simple and powerful story about two kids raised together as brothers: Daniel (Fernando Moreno) and Julio (Eliú Armas) – who struggle to become professional soccer players. Both exceptional players, in La Ceniza slum, the opportunity of a lifetime arrives when a headhunter for the Caracas Football Club invites them to a try-out with the team. But their life in the slum interferes and a tragedy shakes them, forcing them to make a choice: the unity of their family or their lifelong dream?
Rasquin’s debut feature film premiered at the Moscow Film Festival were it won the top prize for Best Film, the Audience Award and the Critic's Prize. The also received the top prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Naples Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival and a Special Jury Mention for Best First Film at the Havana Film Festival.