Protagonist Don Cleo battles through everyday life with unswerving optimism, even when he one day finds an extortion note before his door. But from where can he find $500, and above board? Don Cleo tries everything to raise the money to survive, approaching his friends, the police, and even the Church. The colourful streets of San Salvador provide the story of Don Cleo with an idiosyncratic dynamic. El Salvador’s first film for over 40 years was produced on a shoestring budget, guaranteeing its cool look.
The film explores the social impact of literature and poetry. Roque Dalton (1935–1975) is the most important poet of El Salvador. His life is an adventure story, his poetry an exciting shower of sparks in the realm between political utopia and sensuality, between revolutionary beliefs and lust for heresy and will serve as a magnifying glass which enables us to observe contemporary political conflicts with exceptional clarity.
Regie: Tina Leisch
85 min, Colour, DCP, OmdU