Sand dollars

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German title Sand dollars
Original title Dólares de Arena
Country of production Dominican Republic , Mexico , Argentina
original language English , Spanish
Publishing year 2014
length 84 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Israel Cárdenas , Laura Amelia Guzmán
script Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
production Aurora Dominicana
music Ramón Cordero , Edilio Paredes
camera Israel Cárdenas, Jaime Guerra
cut Andrea Kleinman

Sand Dollars (Original title: Dólares de Arena ) is a Latin American drama film directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán . The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival . The official German theatrical release was on December 10, 2015.


The film tells the story of Anne, a French immigrant, and the native Noeli in the Dominican Republic . Together with her boyfriend Yeremi, Noeli has been trying to earn a living on the beach for years at the expense of wealthier tourists. But her only constant customer is the much older Anne. While she hopes to get to Europe through the relationship, Anne longs for the love and security of a partner. However, when Noeli becomes pregnant unexpectedly by her boyfriend, her plan is shaken. As a father-to-be, Yeremi no longer wants her to leave him with his child, whereas Anne inevitably feels confronted with just being part of a plan.


The film is very loosely based on Jean-Noël Pancrazi's novel Les Dollars des Sables , in which a man takes on the role of Anne and has a love affair with the Dominican Noeli based on money.

Sand Dollars is the fourth joint film by the directing duo Cárdenas and Guzmán, who are also privately married and together run the film production company Aurora Dominicana .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release for Sand Dollars . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , August 2015 (PDF; test number: 153 603 V).
  2. ^ Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán: Sand Dollars. In: November 6, 2015, accessed March 1, 2016 .
  4. ^ Jean-Noël Pancrazi, Les dollars des sables (Gallimard). In: France Culture, accessed on March 2, 2016 (fr-fr).