AFI: The Rest of the Fest 

Our guide to films premiering during the festival's final weekend

Wednesday, Nov 7 2007

CYRANO FERNANDEZ (Spain/Venezuela) Cyrano de Bergerac with a Latin flavor, writer-director Alberto Arvelo’s amalgam of Third World crime drama and tragic romance moves the play’s action from 17th-century Paris to the slums of modern-day Caracas. Cursed with facial scars but blessed with a poet’s voice, Cyrano (Edgar Ramirez) promises his unrequited love, Roxana (Jessika Grau), that he will protect her boyfriend, Cristian (Pastor Oviedo), from a burgeoning neighborhood gang war. Though his reimagining gives the classic play vitality, Arvelo can’t keep the love story from tipping into sappiness, while his stabs at gritty urban authenticity consist of shaking his hand-held cameras frantically during the film’s violent confrontations. (Fri., Nov. 9, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 12 noon) (Tim Grierson)

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