Today, the 10th November, sees the release of Diego Quemada-Diez’s tough, startling and uncompromisingly realistic debut feature The Golden Dream on disc – a new addition to a long line of life’s cinematic treatises featuring kids suffering under the rage of economic and political apocalypse. It’s a grim picture – destitute Guatemalan teenagers ferrying themselves across Mexico to USA to experience the golden-hued promise of good old America and encountering all sorts of bleak-as-hell misfortune that would make you want to cling to your own pampered, first-world existence with your impeccably manicured claws – but it’s also utterly, utterly moving and thoughtfully made, eschewing sentimentality with jagged-edged stoicism, jettisoning plot devices for matter-of-fact, observational narrative with clear empathy for its central trio of characters.
Just in case you’ve missed our previous review (courtesy of Will Lord), here’s a soaring praise for Quemada-Diez’s remarkable film:
“Despite the sunny setting, The Golden Dream can be quite a bleak experience, but it is one that everyone should watch. Truly bringing the pain that real life migrants undergo everyday to the forefront of our minds, it’s both a powerful social commentary and a very moving personal story… Brutally revealing, hauntingly touching and powerfully crafted – it’s a film that will stay with you long after the final shot.”
If that’s not enough conviction for you, it won a prize in Cannes last year and along with its incredibly poetic realism, it deserves a worthy screening on your home cinema with this DVD. Enter the competition below to win one (1) DVD copy of The Golden Dream, courtesy of the ever-splendid Peccadillo Pictures.[promosimple id=”5f8d”]
Note: This competition is open to UK residents only. And only dedicated readers and followers of The Moviejerk are eligible to win. So if you haven’t joined the website’s circle yet, like us now in Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the chance to win.
Competition ends next Monday, 17 November and one lucky entrant shall expect the prize in post.
You can also purchase the DVD on Amazon. You won’t regret it. It’s one of the best films of 2014.