Nouvelle Entertainment and Blended Future Project’s drama film ‘Gabriela’ starring Evelyn Lorena (The Resident), Maria Telon (La Llorona) and Viktor White (So You Think You Can Dance) will be making its world premiere at this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
Written and directed by Evelyn Lorena, with the support of the LALIFF and Netflix Fellowship, ‘Gabriela’ follows a young undocumented Guatemalan woman, Gabriela, who is drawn to a Country Club pool. Set in the summer after high-school graduation in North Carolina, Gabriela dreams of swimming competitively, but her determination is curtailed by her over-protective mother, social propriety, and her own self-judgment. Meanwhile, a budding romance with her neighbor Stefan provides moments of solace and joy for which she yearns. As she navigates these inner and outer conflicts, Gabriela begins to find her strength through self-acceptance.
“What an honor to be included in this year’s festival and fellowship, especially among such talented and prestigious artists. It feels like a celebration, and I feel incredibly seen and valued for my voice and cultural heritage. Thank you LALIFF and Netflix.” – Evelyn Lorena
Evelyn Lorena’s ‘Gabriela’ was selected as one of the five Indigenous Latino filmmakers from the Latinx inclusion Fellowship Series, sponsored by Netflix.
The lead actors for the film are indigenous Latino of Guatemalan descent and from Ukraine. Maria Telon was in the Golden Globe-nominated film ‘La Llorona’, and Viktor took place on Fox’s: So You Think You Can Dance. Evelyn Lorena’s films have previously premiered at several Academy Award qualifying festivals, such as Outfest Los Angeles and Cleveland International.
‘Gabriela’ was filmed on location in Wilmington on the Arri Alexa LF, and the water sequences at EUE Screen Gems Studios in North Carolina. The movie ‘Gabriela’ premieres at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on June 4th at the TCL Chinese Theater and TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood.