Strand Releasing has announced the U.S. theatrical run of the psychological thriller The Condemned / Los condenados (pictured), the debut feature film by Robert Busó-García. Produced and filmed in Puerto Rico and inundated with historical gravity, the suspenseful and atmospheric thriller is a story examining Puerto Rico's past and present through a haunted tale.
The film opens for an exclusive theatrical engagement on Friday, March 1st at the Quad Cinema in New York City, and on Friday, March 8 at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in Los Angeles.
Ana, the beautiful daughter of a once-famous doctor, travels to the remote town of Rosales, Puerto Rico- her late mother's hometown. It was there that her father met and married her mother and opened his first free clinic for cancer research more than forty years ago. She plans to commemorate her father's dying legacy by converting their family's abandoned mansion into a museum honoring his achievements.
With the help of the mansion's devoted caretaker, Ana begins the transformation only to be confronted by the secrets of the past. Her presence is unwelcome by the townspeople and the house itself. The sins and guilt of it all-long buried- have suddenly resurfaced. In stepping through the mansion's threshold, she awakens sinister forces within the house itself that will put them all in danger, and awakening dark forces that should have remained forever buried.
The Caribbean's current dark present is explored through the consequences of its colonial past using a cast ranging from prolific and beloved actors such as René Monclova (from the hit TV show El condominio) and Axel Anderson (Maruja; Bananas), to promising ingénues such as Cristina Rodlo. Puerto Rico's virtues as a lush tropic are transformed into staples of a true mystery; the heat, the isolation and the unknown. Basking in values of traditional simplicty and trusting its surroundings, The Condemned is a true ghost story.
For more information on Busó-García's debut film, visit Strand Releasing.