15 certificateBefore Night Falls is a Film programme that first aired in 2000 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Before Night Falls is a 4 star programme



Before Night Falls (2000)

Directed by
Julian Schnabel

This is the shocking story of visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, giving an account of his life as a writer and a homosexual and his struggle for freedom of expression.

The film spans the whole of Arenas' (Javier Bardem) life, from his rural childhood and his early embrace of the Revolution to the persecution he would later experience as a writer and homosexual in Castro's Cuba; from his departure from Cuba in the Mariel Harbor exodus of 1980 to his exile and death in the United States.

It is a portrait of a man whose search for freedom - artistic, political, sexual - defied poverty, censorship, persecution, exile and death. Like Arenas' work, Before Night Falls combines passages of transporting imagination with urgent realism; in so doing, it embodies the creative ethos to which Arenas dedicated himself: transforming experience into unfettered expression.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 140 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2000

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Javier BardemJavier Bardem...Reinaldo Arenas
Image for Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez...Lázaro Gómez Carriles
Andrea Di Stefano...Pepe Malas
Image for Johnny DeppJohnny Depp...Bon Bon/Lt. Victor
Michael Wincott...Herberto Zorrilla Ochoa
Olatz Lopez Garmendia...Reinaldo's Mother
Giovanni Florido...Young Reinaldo
Loló Navarro...Reinaldo's Grandmother
Sebastián Silva...Reinaldo's Father
Carmen Beato...Teacher
Cy Schnabel...Smallest School Child
Olmo Schnabel...Smallest School Child
Vito Maria Schnabel...Teenage Reinaldo
Pedro Armendáriz Jr....Reinaldo's Grandfather
Diego Luna...Carlos