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Antes que anochezca ()

Before Night Falls (original title)
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The life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas.

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Olatz López Garmendia ...
Reinaldo's Mother (as Olatz Lopez Garmendia)
Giovanni Florido ...
Young Reinaldo (as Giovani Florido)
Loló Navarro ...
Reinaldo's Grandmother
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Reinaldo's Father (as Sebastián Silva)
Carmen Beato ...
Teacher
Cy Schnabel ...
Smallest School Child (as Cy)
Olmo Schnabel ...
Smallest School Child
Vito Schnabel ...
Teenage Reinaldo (as Vito Maria Schnabel)
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Reinaldo's Grandfather (as Pedro Armendáriz)
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Carlos
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Lolin
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Cuco Sanchez
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Professor
Aquiles Benites ...
Translator
Ewa Piaskowska ...
Pretty Blonde Student
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Reinaldo Arenas
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María Teresa Freye de Andrade
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Heberto Zorilla Ochoa
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Virgilio Piñera
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Pepe Malas
Marlene Díaz ...
Woman in car #1
Olga Borayo ...
Woman in car #2
Santiago Magill ...
Tomas Diego
Manolo García ...
Faustino
Lola Schnabel ...
Girl With Keys
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Landlady
Lois Barragán ...
Woman - UNEAC (as Lois Barragan)
Eduardo Antonio ...
Nightclub Singer
Stella Schnabel ...
Valeria
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Lazaro Gomez Carilles
Manuel González ...
Jose Lezama Lima (as Manuel Gonzalez)
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Nicolas Abreu
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Maria Luisa Lima (as Claudette Maille)
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Juann Abreu
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Jose Abreu
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Recruit Driver
Chanel Puertas ...
Blonde on the beach
Manolo Rivero ...
Royal Gay
Nemo ...
Pedro the bus driver
Andrea Fassler ...
French Tourist
Magda ...
Santería Dancer
Julian Bucio ...
Violent Soldier
Jorge Zárate ...
Prosecutor (as Jorge Zaráte)
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Fina Zorilla Ochoa
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Jorge Camacho (as Francisco Gatorno)
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Margarita Camacho (as Marisol Padilla Sanchez)
Jorge Zamora ...
Kid with Kite
Noel Medina ...
Policeman on beach
Jorge Zepeda ...
State Security on beach
Yulian Díaz ...
Teenager #1 (as Julyan Díaz)
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Teenager #2
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Stranger in Lenin Park
Eloy Ganuza ...
State Security in Lenin Park
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Young Man with bird (as Khotan)
René Pereyra ...
Antonio (as Rene Pereira)
Abel Woolrich ...
Hungry Inmate
Mario Oliver ...
Gay Inmate
Robertico Valdez ...
Singing Prisoner
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Bon Bon / Lieutenant Victor
Claudio Osoria ...
Guard at El Morro
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Armando García
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Blanca Romero (as Diahnne Déa)
Caridad Martinez ...
Dancer in the convent
Zulema Cruz ...
Zulema
Annie Gil ...
Blanca's Teenage Daughter
Filiberto Estrella ...
Dwarf
Juan Cristóbal Murillo ...
Immigration Officer (as Juan Cristobal Murillo)
Melanio Filiberto Hebra ...
Man at Mariel Harbor (as Filiberto Hebra)
Matthias Ehrenberg ...
Officer at Mariel Harbor (as Matthías Ehrenberg)
Jack Schnabel ...
Mr. Greenberg
Esther G. Schnabel ...
Mrs. Greenberg (as Esther Schnabel)
Xavier Domingo ...
Death
Eric Springer ...
Orderly
Jimmy Nugent ...
Taxi Driver
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Rudy (uncredited)
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Himself (anti-Marielito speech) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Julian Schnabel

Written by

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Cunningham O'Keefe ... (written by) &
Lázaro Gómez Carriles ... (written by) (as Lazaro Gomez Carriles) &
Julian Schnabel ... (written by)
 
Reynaldo Arenas ... (memoir "Before Night Falls") (as Reinaldo Arenas)
 
Jana Bokova ... (documentary "Havana")

Produced by

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Matthias Ehrenberg ... associate producer (as Matthías Ehrenberg)
Jon Kilik ... producer
Olatz López Garmendia ... executive producer (as Olatz Lopez Garmendia)
Julian Schnabel ... executive producer

Music by

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Carter Burwell

Cinematography by

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Xavier Grobet ... director of photography (as Xavier Pérez Grobet)
Guillermo Rosas ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Berenbaum

Editorial Department

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Craig Cobb ... associate editor
Fred Heid ... color timer
Samara Levenstein ... assistant editor
Chris Patterson ... first assistant editor
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)
David Hamme ... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Sandra Nash ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Monica Nordhaus

Production Design by

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Salvador Parra

Art Direction by

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Antonio Muño-Hierro ... (as Antonio Muñohierro)

Set Decoration by

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Laurie Friedman

Costume Design by

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María Estela Fernández ... (as Mariestela Fernández)

Makeup Department

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Virginia Campos ... hair stylist
Manolo García ... key hair stylist
Judi Goodman ... hair stylist
Nicki Ledermann ... makeup artist
Ana Lozano ... makeup designer
Sandra Migueli ... makeup artist
Kerrie R. Plant ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Dante Aguilar ... unit manager: Mexico
Kelley Cribben ... post-production supervisor
Matthias Ehrenberg ... unit production manager (as Matthías Ehrenberg)
Pamela Jaeckle ... unit manager: US
Mike Phillips ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Giselle Gurza ... second second assistant director
Yvette Gurza ... second second assistant director
Batan Silva ... first assistant director (as Sebastián Silva)
Joaquin Silva ... key second assistant director

Art Department

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Pedro Alanis Alanis ... paint foreman (as Pedro Alanís)
Maite Argüelles ... art department coordinator
Israel Becerril ... leadman
Luis Becerril ... graphic designer
Andrew Bernard ... art director: New York
Shannon Canfield ... set dresser
Darío Carreto ... assistant to set decorator (as Darío Ramos)
Luis Figueroa ... set dresser
Juan Pablo García Tames ... set designer
Adán García ... on-set painter
Héctor Gil ... on-set dresser
Rodolfo Granados ... sculpture
Jordan Jacobs ... assistant art director
César Jiménez Rodríguez ... set dresser
Christopher Laguenes Villavencio ... set dresser
Fernando López Urquijo ... greens assistant
Pedro Neri Martinez ... greens foreman
Carlos Del Castillo Negrete ... graphic designer
Rogelio Nobara ... assistant to set decorator (as Rogelio Nobara Tamura)
Garry Pastore ... props
Federico Nava Patiño ... construction coordinator
Celso Peña ... property master
Tomas Rodriguez Tovar ... leadman (as Tomás Rodríguez Tovar)
Jorge Rodríguez Barajas ... assistant to property master
Jorge Sainz ... drafting
Diana Subiras Alfonso ... art department consultant
Gabriel Tapia ... assistant art department coordinator (as Gabriel Tapia Ramirez)
Óscar Tapia ... assistant to property master (as Oscar Tapia)
Tatiana Valdéz ... mural painter
Dennis Horwath Vazquez ... sign painter
Heidi Ma. Villalobos ... drafting (as Heidi Villalobos Maya)
Mirko von Berner ... on-set decorator (as Mirko Von Berner)
Alexander Wei ... art department coordinator: New York

Sound Department

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Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Jesse Ehredt ... sound recordist
Robert Fernandez ... re-recording mixer
Albert Gasser ... sound effects editor
Robert Hein ... supervising sound editor
Kenton Jakub ... adr editor
George A. Lara ... foley mixer
Marissa Littlefield ... ADR editor
Glen Marullo ... sound mixer (as Glenn Marullo)
Betsy Nagler ... boom operator: additional
Steven Simons ... additional sound re-recording mixer
David Wahnon ... assistant sound editor
Christian Wangler ... sound

Special Effects by

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Alex Vasquez ... special effects coordinator: Effeccine (as Alejandro Vázquez)

Visual Effects by

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Leung ... digital compositing supervisor
Matt McDonald ... digital effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Luis Antonio Alegría ... assistant electrician
David E. Baron ... second assistant camera: New York
Marco Polo Constandse ... video assist operator
Fernando Coria Reyes ... company grip (as Fernando Coria)
Andy Day ... gaffer: New York
Jose De Jesus ... assistant electrician (as José de Jesús Macías)
Humberto Delgado ... key grip
Javier Enríquez ... gaffer
Edgar Ambriz Espinoza ... electrician (as Edgar Ambriz)
Michael Fradianni ... electrician
Miguel Ángel García ... best boy (as Miguel Angel Garcia)
Pedro Hernández Gonzalez ... company grip (as Pedro Hernández)
Antonio Huerta ... assistant electrician
Roberto Oviedo Vargas ... company grip (as Roberto Oviedo) / electrician (as Roberto Oviedo)
Raúl Palacios ... electrician
Daniel Peña ... second assistant camera
Pedro Reyes ... generator operator
Jesús Rojas ... generator operator (as Jesús Rojas Juáre)
Adrian Romero ... company grip (as Adrián Romero Ramírez)
Mauricio Rubinstein ... additional photographer
Daniel Salk ... video assist
Luis David Sansans ... steadicam operator
Miguel Ángel Sánchez ... dolly grip (as Miguel Angel Sánchez)
Marilou Vetter ... assistant camera
J. Manuel Álvarez Ambriz ... electrician (as Juan Manuel Alvarez)

Casting Department

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Byron Crystal ... extras casting: New York
Mercedes Gironella ... casting: colaboration

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Burchard ... wardrobe supervisor: men
Adela Cortázar ... key wardrobe assistant
Adolfo Cruz Martínez ... wardrobe assistant
María de Jesús Lima ... wardrobe assistant
Gabriela Fernandez ... wardrobe coordinator (as Gabriela Fernández Suárez)
Zeferino Gutierrez ... wardrobe assistant (as Zeferino Gutiérrez Hernández)
Carlos 'Pollo' Munguia ... wardrobe assistant (as Carlos Munguía)
Lupita Peckinpah ... key wardrobe assistant (as Guadalupe Peckinpah)
Autumn Saville ... costume shopper: New York

Location Management

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Diego Sandoval ... location manager
Pedro Sandoval ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Laurie Anderson ... composer: additional music
Carter Burwell ... conductor / orchestrator
Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor
Steve Kasow ... assistant music editor
Todd Kasow ... music editor
Olatz López Garmendia ... music supervisor (as Olatz Lopez Garmendia)
Sandra Park ... music contractor
Dean Parker ... music copyist
Lou Reed ... composer: additional music

Transportation Department

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Aguilar Mario Alberto ... picture car assistant
Efraín Alfaro ... driver (as Efraín Alfaro Ramírez)
Alejandro 'Ronco' Arroyo ... transportation captain (as Alejandro Arroyo Labra)
Ernesto Avila Gutiérrez ... driver
Enrique Cetina Burgos ... driver
José Cruz ... driver (as José Cruz Garduño)
José de Jesús Macías ... driver
Rodrigo de la Cruz ... picture car assistant
Raúl García Esquivel ... picture car coordinator
Humberto Herrera Rodríguez ... driver
Francisco Morales ... driver (as Francisco Moreno Morales)
Juan Manuel Moreno Morales ... transportation coordinator
Eduardo Márquez ... driver (as Eduardo Marquez Acevedo)
Francisco Paredes ... picture car assistant
Braulio Piedra ... driver (as Braulio Piedra González)
Angel Ruíz Téllez ... driver
Tomás Tapia ... driver (as Tomás Tapia Cruz)
Gustavo Vallejo ... driver (as Gustavo Vallejo Navarette)
René Velasquez Vasquez ... driver

Other crew

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Alfredo Aguilar ... catering assistant
Ana Ballesteros ... caterer
David F. Bianculli ... production assistant
Liza Bigger ... production assistant
Juana Bocanegra ... delegate: ANDA (as Juana Bocanegra Colín)
Keri Bruno ... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, Mexico
Flavio Castilleros ... first assistant accountant
Hortensia Castro ... second assistant accountant
Adrián Cervántes ... production assistant
Sylvie Chesneau ... script supervisor
Martin Corkidi ... production assistant
Robyn J. Davis ... production coordinator: US
Lucio Fernandez ... consultant
John B. Finn ... post-production accountant / production accountant
Ofelia Flores Cárdenas ... catering assistant
Ariel García Espinoza Raymay ... dialogue coach
David García Hernández ... catering assistant
Melanio Filiberto Hebra ... dialogue coach
Jonas Hendrix ... production assistant (as Jonás Hendrix)
Josefina Hernandez ... catering assistant (as Josefina Hernández)
Sean Hogan ... first assistant accountant
Alejandro Iturriaga ... production assistant
Jon Kilik ... presenter
Michael C. Kingsley ... set production assistant: new york
Brian Lamia ... production assistant: New York
Susana Loyo ... production secretary
G. Pekas Lozano ... production coordinator: Mexico (as Gloria 'Pekas' Lozano)
Michelle Macirella ... production office assistant
Caridad Martinez ... choreographer (as Caridad Martínez Menocal)
Isabel Martinez ... production accountant (as Isabel Martínez)
Monica Nordhaus ... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, New York
Brian O'Shea ... world sales executive
Estéban Pérez López ... talent payments
Héctor Pérez ... catering assistant
Rafael Pérez ... production assistant
Evangelina Resendiz Montalvo ... unit doctor (as Dra. Evangelina Resendiz)
Rafael Reyes ... utility stand-in
Rubén Rosales Roldán ... catering assistant
Luis Ruiz ... production assistant
Josh Schneider ... accountant
Fernando Solis ... catering assistant
Steve Solomon ... animal trainer
Armando Suárez Cobián ... dialogue coach (as Armando Suárez-Cobián)
Azucena Tiburcio ... catering assistant
Eduardo Téllez Cisnero ... utility stand-in
Gwenn Williams ... assistant: Mr. Schnabel, New York
Jorge Pupo ... spanish dialogue (uncredited)

Thanks

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Laurie Anderson ... special thanks
Cydney Cort ... special thanks
Brian Eno ... special thanks
Eloy Ganuza ... special thanks
Lázaro Gómez Carriles ... dedicatee
Dennis Hopper ... special thanks
Orlando Jiménez Leal ... special thanks
Lou Reed ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, he is in Havana. He meets the wealthy Pepe, an early lover; a love-hate relationship lasts for years. Openly gay behavior is a way to spite the government. His writing and homosexuality get him into trouble: he spends two years in prison, writing letters for other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriends Lázaro Gomes Garriles, with whom he lives stateless and in poverty in Manhattan after leaving Cuba in the Mariel boat-lift. When asked why he writes, he replies cheerfully, "Revenge." Written by

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Also Known As
  • Antes que anochezca (United States, Spanish title)
  • Avant la nuit (France)
  • Bevor es Nacht wird (Germany)
  • Antes que anochezca (Spain)
  • Antes que anochezca (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 133 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $85,230, 29 Dec 2000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Almost every scene, according to Guillermo Rosas, was photographed with a chocolate-colored filter on the camera lens. The contributed a great deal to distinctive colors and textures in the film, especially the skin tones, and the vibrancy in green hues. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001). See more »
Soundtracks El Que Siembra Su Maiz See more »
Quotes Reinaldo Arenas: [narrating] Leonardo da Vinci was homosexual, so was Michelangelo, Socrates, Shakespeare, and almost every other figure that has formed what we have come to understand as beauty.
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