From the critically-acclaimed producers of Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro), Palm Pictures presents Cronicas, a gripping new thriller exploring the willingness of the media to surrender its morals for a shot at fame and profit. John Leguizamo stars in his first Spanish-speaking dramatic role as Manolo Bonilla, a star reporter for the Miami-based news magazine show "One Hour with the Truth", a nightly roundup of the most sensational stories broadcast throughout Latin America. The official 2004 Academy Award submission from Ecuador in the Best Foreign Language category, Cronicas was an official selection at a number of international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes International Film Festival and also stars Leonor Watling (Talk To Her).
Cronicas will be available to home viewing audiences on November 8, 2005 for a suggested retail price of $24.99. The DVD has a order cut off date of October 3, 2005.
Special features on the DVD include:
- Deleted scenes
- Director commentary tracks
- Alternate film ending
- "Making of" featurette
- Still photo gallery
- "Soledad" recording session
- 5.1 Surround Sound
- US theatrical trailer
Featuring a pan-Latin cast and crew, Cronicas takes place in the hot and humid village of Babahoyo, Ecuador, where a Miami-based tabloid television reporter and his crew have just arrived to cover the story of the elusive serial killer, dubbed "Monster of Babahoyo." The police have no clues and the mystery has become an obsession for Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo), who's convinced that solving the case and breaking the story will make him a star. Bonilla, with his producer, Marisa (Leonor Watling) and his cameraman, Ivan (José Maria Yazpik) are covering the story for their nightly broadcast, "One Hour with the Truth" – a show known for carrying the most extreme and sensationalistic stories it can find.
Tensions come to a pinnacle when Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar), a poor traveling salesman, accidentally runs over a child and an angry mob attacks him. Manolo intervenes and saves Vinicio's life. Vinicio offers Manolo exclusive information about the killer, in exchange for a broadcast news story about his wrongful imprisonment. Manolo accepts the bargain and finds himself drawn to the dark side he senses in Vinicio, even believing that Vinicio may be the killer himself. How far will Bonilla go to get the story? Where is the line between a journalist revealing the truth and inventing it?
The film was an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2005, Cannes International Film Festival 2004, Toronto International Film Festival, 2004 and San Sebastian International Film Festival 2004.
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