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Geraldine Chaplin Comes to MFAH

The actress will introduce her new lesbian-themed film
by Megan Smith

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will host world-renowned veteran actress Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago, Nashville) on Saturday, May 2, as part of their Latin Wave 10 film festival.

Chaplin, who has been a strong advocate for Latin America cinema, will introduce her latest film, Sand Dollars (Dólares de Arena), at the museum’s evening screening.

Based on the novel Les Dollars de Sables by Jean-Noël Pancrazi and directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Sand Dollars follows 20-year-old local Noeli (Yanet Mojica) and French expatriate Anne (Chaplin) as they fall into an intense lesbian romance in the Dominican Republic beach town of Samana. While the mature Anne enters into the relationship out of passion and love, the much younger Noeli’s motives are muddled by the city’s backdrop of sexual tourism and the desire for a better life.

In addition to Sand Dollars, Chaplin has starred in two recent Argentine films—Eugenio Zanetti’s Amapola and Pablo Aguero’s Mothers of the Gods. On a recent trip to Latin America, Chaplin explained her love for the region’s cinema. “I’m hungry for young, talented cinema, and I think this is the place,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s more talent here, more stories to tell, more new ways to tell them, more invention. I live in a country full of dinosaurs, although there are also some very good ones. But I’m hungry for the kind of cinema you can see here.”

Sand Dollars (Dólares de Arena) will be screened on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. For tickets, visit


Megan Smith

Megan Smith is the Assistant Editor for OutSmart Magazine.
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