A Film About Couples

(Una película sobre parejas)
Oriol Estrada, Natalia Cabral | Fiction, Drama, Comedy

2021 | 89 minutes | Dominican Republic

Equal parts a candid exposition of the cinematic industry and a joyful exploration of marriage.


Directed by Miriam Lies’ award-winning team, Natalia Cabral y Oriol Estrada, A Film About Couples is equal parts a candid exposition of the cinematic industry and a joyful exploration of marriage.

Natalia and Oriol are a couple of filmmakers in their thirties who have a little daughter named Lia. One day, they receive an offer to direct a documentary and they decide to make a film about couples in love. Natalia and Oriol interview many couples, always wanting to know how they get along and what their most typical problems are. But as filming progresses, wounds from their own relationship begin to open up, fights and doubts seem to be endless. But finishing the film will be their opportunity to reformulate their love for each other and their love for cinema.


"A true cinematic gem. Every moment releases a joyful and meditated reflection on the condition of filmmaking in today’s society." – Mattia, Madmass Magazine.

"It’s a fiction film about the shooting of a documentary and, at the same time, a documentary about the shooting of a fiction film. With a lot of humor and lucidity, the film demystifies the work of the cinema profession and reveals the realities and difficulties that exist today when filming in the Dominican Republic." – Nicolas Azalbert, Head of programming, Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine.

"An intimate and funny film, beautiful and ingenious." – Olivia Leboyer, Toute la culture.

"A breath of fresh air. An alternative way to not take oneself seriously and, at the same time, an opportunity to reflect. A lovely lesson from Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada" – Veronica Ranocchi, I Cinemaniaci Blog.

"This introspective look at the lives of a couple of directors testifies to the fascinating creative power of cinema to organize the world in the form of a story in order to question its uniqueness at every moment." – Cédric Lépine, Mediapart.

"At the heart of this funny film lies a little story within the story. It’s all in knowing how to tell it, and this nice pair of filmmakers hit the bull’s eye, bringing more than a smile to the audience." – Sarah Mataloni, Close Up Magazine.

Main credits

Cabral, Natalia (film director)
Cabral, Natalia (screenwriter)
Cabral, Natalia (actor)
Estrada, Oriol (film director)
Estrada, Oriol (screenwriter)
Estrada, Oriol (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Nicolas Ordoñez; editing, Aina Calleja, Javier García Lerín.

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Biarritz Amérique Latine Festival - Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma Award - Special Mention of the Jury for the interpretation; International Film Festival of Gijon -  Best Spanish Film, Director Award, Best Screenplay; Cosquín Film Fest - Special Mention of the Jury; Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival - Special Jury Mention; Havana Film Festival New York - Best Screenplay; Rome International Film Festival; Locarno Film Festival. Open Doors; Miami Film Festival; FICCI Cartagena; International Film Festival of India; D'A Film Festival Barcelona; Santo Domingo Global Film Festival; FICIC Cosquín; San Diego Latino Film Festival; Festival Ojoloco du Cinéma Ibérique & latino-américain; Filmfest Hamburg; Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival; Spanish and Latin American Film Festival in Rome; Cita con el Cine Latinoamericano -  Cinemateca de Bogotá; Lima Alterna International Film Festival; Festival de Cine de Cuenca, Ecuador; Caminhos Film Festival, Portugal.

DIRECTOR: Oriol Estrada, Natalia Cabral

NATIONALITY: Dominican Republic

YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Fiction, Drama, Comedy


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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