On the Road, Somewhere

| May 17, 2017

Join IndiePix Films for a journey to the Dominican tropics for On The Road, Somewhere (Algun Lugar), a poignant coming-of-age road trip drama.  The feature debut of writer/director Guillermo Zouain — an Official Selection at numerous festivals, including the Miami International Film Festival, the Chicago Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas and the International Film Festival of Panama — is a great film showing the committed friendship of three teens as they embark on one last trip together before they all go their separate ways and pursue their college dreams.

The high school best friends, Oliver (Arnold Martínez), Moises (Javier Grullón), and Hemingway (Victor Alfonso) get along for the most part during the trip through the Dominican Republic. And although they are all on a mission, Oliver needs to arrive at all costs to the remote town of Pedernales to say goodbye to his high school sweetheart before she moves away to New York.

Moises is documenting the trip as a last tribute to his love of photography before enrolling in a career in civil engineering.  And Hemingway seeks to escape his oppressive family and become a writer in a society that despises authors.  Along the way, the car breaks down frequently, leaving the three boys stranded with nearly every character under the Dominican sun: a Haitian hitchhiker, a famous photographer and an intriguing artist.  And when these strangers trigger a series of adventures unexpectedly changing their travel plans, their celebratory journey may well become a final farewell.

To me I found a bit of suspense early on in the movie, as the three young men bade their families farewell. They are in an old van driven by Oliver, and when they pick up a Haitian hitchhiker, they are stopped by authorities. My heart raced, because I just knew that there had to be some shenanigans with the hitchhiker, and that the police would detain them all. But I was wrong, and after having been amused and educated by the old man’s stories, he went about his business.

There were other unscheduled stops during this trip to see Oliver’s girlfriend, and it seemed that it would take forever. But finally, after a bit of frustration and other kinks in the road — in the way of car trouble and eventually car abandonment — the three young men make it to their destination. They are all changed a bit in some ways, but I would hope for the better.

In the end, minds were changed about future occupations, but Oliver does get to enjoy a last meal with his girlfriend, Moises gets to take the photo of a lifetime and Hemingway, I suspect, has to re-assess just whether he may become the best writer ever.

This was an enjoyable film, and it’s being released right around the time that school ends and high school students step closer to independence. The landscape in the Dominican Republic is fantastic, and the cinematography is brilliant.

Nominated for “Best Feature Film” at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival and Top Indie Film Awards 2015, among numerous other accolades, On The Road, Somewhere is available May 16 on DVD and on IndiePix Unlimited, the signature streaming subscription service of IndiePix Films.  For $5.99 per month at either IndiePixUnlimited.com or on Amazon Channels, it gives passionate cinephiles 24/7 access to a highly-curated catalog of cinematic gems from both international auteurs and visionary new voices alike, joins other contemporary classics of world cinema.

About IndiePix Films®

Since 2004, New York-based IndiePix Films® has delivered a highly-curated collection of the best independent films from around the world.  Offering a singular catalog of nearly 2,000 films across genres, the IndiePix team selects singular titles from the international festival circuit.  Avenues for distribution include their newly-launched streaming service, IndiePix Unlimited, their dedicated commerce site, IndiePixFilms.com, which offers download-to-own, streaming rental and physical media direct to consumers, and via national retail channels and select theatrical exhibition.  IndiePix also owns Festival Genius, the premier platform for connecting film festivals to audiences through online ticketing, calendars, iphone apps, and more.

For more information about On The Road, Somewhere, visit http://www.indiepixfilms.com/film/6093#.WRu7iNLyvIV.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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