Monica Sorelle


“We are our own sun.”
– Ousmane Sembene

2023 | USA | 95 mins | Haitian Creole, English, Spanish
Directed by Monica Sorelle
Written by Monica Sorelle & Robert Colom
Produced by Robert Colom, p.g.a.
Co-Produced by Tristan Scott-Behrends

Executive Produced by Rhianon Jones, Tristan Scott-Behrends, Adrienne Becker, Emma Thorne, Gillian Williams, Andi Matichak
Co-Executive Produced by Brent Zachery
Cinematography by Javier Labrador Deulofeu
Edited by Jonathan Cuartas
Original Music by Dyani Douze
Production Design by Helen Peña
Costume Design by Waina Chancy

US/CA Sales: Marissa Frobes, CAA Media Finance
International Sales: Lidia Damatto & Queralt Pons, MORETHAN Films
Publicity: Emma Myers, Fusion Entertainment

While looking for a new home for his family, a Haitian demolition worker is faced with the realities of redevelopment as he is tasked with dismantling his rapidly gentrifying Miami neighborhood.

Atibon Nazaire, Sheila Anozier, and Chris Renois

Serafin Falcon, Roscoè B. Thické III, Yaniel Castillo, Bechir Sylvain, Kerline Alce, Macc Plaise, Karina Bonnefil, Farley Louis, Ovida Alva, Hector Perez, Sydney Presendieu, Elanie Gervil, Weldys Machado, Lina Accius, Pierre Richard Cator, Starr Leavitt, and Rara Lakay

Filmed on location in Little Haiti, Miami.

Mountains benefits from a feeling of authenticity and manages to be an enormously impressive feature debut.” 
– Pete Hammond, Deadline
“Frames the disappearance of Miami’s Little Haiti with a warm, compassionate gaze recalling the masters of social realism – akin to Roberto Rossellini with the touch of Ousmane Sembène’s lighter films.”
— John Fink, The Film Stage

“Sorelle’s film isn’t necessarily a premature elegy for Little Haiti; it is a quietly moving proclamation of presence.”
— Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

Tribeca Festival
BlackStar Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Charlotte Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
New Hampshire Film Festival
CinéMartinique Festival
AFI Fest
Indie Memphis Film Festival 
New Orleans Film Festival
Black Harvest Film Festival
American Film Festival
Film Fest Knox
TIDE Film Festival
Unknown Pleasures – American Independent Film Festival
Göteborg Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pan African Film + Art Festival
Glasgow Film Festival
Green Mountain Film Festival
Movies That Matter Film Festival
Minnesota Film Festival
IFF Panamá
Miami Film Festival
Curaçao International Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Filmfest DC
Atlanta Film Festival
Sprouts Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Awards and Honors
Film Independent Spirit Awards, Atibon Nazaire for Best Breakthrough Perfomance – Nominee
Film Independent Spirit Awards, Monica Sorelle for Someone to Watch Award – Winner
Tribeca Festival, Special Jury Mention, U.S. Narrative Feature
BlackStar Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Feature Narrative
Charlotte Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature
Charlotte Film Festival, Best Ensemble Cast 
New Hampshire Film Festival, Grand Jury Award, Narrative
IndieMemphis Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature
Film Fest Knox, American Regional Competition Jury Prize
New Orleans Film Festival, Audience Award, Narrative Feature
Miami Film Festival, Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Florida Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Florida Feature
The Hollywood Reporter
The Playlist
The Film Stage
Next Best Picture
The Moveable Fest

Roger Ebert

SEEN Journal
WLRN Public Media
More to Talk About
Awards Radar
Cinema Femme
The Moveable Fest
The Gotham

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