LOOKING FOR MARIA SANCHEZ

LOOKING FOR MARIA SANCHEZ

Original Title: 200 Cartas

Synopsis

One night, Raul meets Maria, a young Puerto Rican woman visiting New York. The night of their encounter, something dramatic happens and they are suddenly separated. Struck by love at first sight, he travels to Puerto Rico in search of this beautiful girl and faces the adventure of his life.

Technical Information

2013; Puerto Rico; Comedy, Romance; 97 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; 5.1 mix; Original Language: English, Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish

DIRECTOR

Bruno Irizarry

WRITER

Bruno Irizarry

D.O.P.

Raoul Germain

EDITOR

Pedro Javier Muñiz

MUSIC

Geronimo Mercado

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Roberto Alcazar, Eduardo R. Emanuelli Fonalledas, Gustavo Trucco, Puerto Rico Film Commission, Shimmy McHugh, Bruno Irizarry

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Vanguardia Films

PRODUCER

Bruno Irizarry, Shimmy McHugh, Javier Enrique Perez

Raul

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Yolanda

Dayanara Torres

Juan

Jaime Camil

Rebeca

Monica Steuer

Maria Sanchez

Mayra Matos Pérez

BRUNO IRIZARRY

Bruno Irizarry is an actor and director, known for Rum Diary (2011), 200 Cartas (international title: Looking for Maria Sanchez) (2013) and Shut Up and Do It! (2007).

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2011 The Rum Diary (actor)

2007 Shut Up and Do It!

The Hollywood Reporter

“[…] slapdash but charming romantic comedy. […] But at its relaxed best, this is an enjoyable, lighthearted effort that should well please Hispanic audiences in particular.”

2013-07-14

Frank Scheck

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the first incarnation of “In the Heights” his sophomore year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Off-Broadway, “In The Heights” received nine Drama Desk nominations, including best music, best lyrics, and it won the award for outstanding ensemble performance. It received the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical and the Obie Award for outstanding music and lyrics. Lin-Manuel was awarded with the Theater World Award for outstanding debut Performance and the Clarence Derwent Award both for Mr. Miranda’s performance. 

He is the recipient of the 2007 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and has appeared on Die Sopranos (1999) and Sex and the City (1998), Dr. House (2004), and The Electric Company (2006). He is also a co-founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop comedy group that tours comedy festivals all over the world.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2012 Freestyle Love Supreme

2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green

 

TV Series

2013 How I Met Your Mother (guest starring)

2011 Modern Family (guest starring)

2009 Dr. House (guest starring)

2007 Die Sopranos (guest starring)

Young beauty queen raised in small town of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. She represented Toa Alta in the Miss Puerto Rico contest, where she won. Eventually she also represented Puerto Rico in the 1993 Miss Universe contest, where she walked away with the crown. 

After winning the crown, she filmed a movie for famed Puerto Rican director Jacobo Morales (“Linda Sara”) before heading off to the Philippines to host local talk show and film several movies there. Learned Tagalog. After returning to Puerto Rico released two salsa/merengue albums, but didn’t fair too well in sales. A doll created in her likeness (similar to a Barbie doll) was a big seller in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. She married singer Mark Anthony in 2000.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone

1994 Linda Sara

 

TV Series

2006 Watch Over Me

1973 The Young and the Restless (guest starring)

He is the son of a rich Mexican businessman of Egyptian descent and a talented Brazilian singer from Ipanema. He began his career singing in bohemian Clubs along with the famous Cubans, Amaury Guitierrez and Pancho Céspedes. His father wanted him to be a businessman. He studied business and worked in his company for a couple of years. When he was 20, he told his father that he was not happy with his life and that his dream was to be a singer, and he accepted. He studied opera and theater for some time. One day he went to a radio station to record his first demo and he ended up being a producer. He worked on “El Show de Jaime Camil”, for USA network, and Que Nochecita! for TV Azteca.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2014 Chiapas, el Corazón del Café

2014 Los árboles mueren de pie

2013 Pulling Strings

2012 El cielo en tu mirada

2008 All Inclusive

 

TV Series

2014 Qué pobres tan ricos

2013 Devious Maids (guest starring)