A Better Life (2011)
Director: Chris Weitz
Cast: Demián Bichir, Nancy Lenehan, Joaquín Cosio, Rolando Molina, Tim Griffin
A Better Life is a drama and Special Interest film that is scheduled to be released on June 24th, 2011. With a running time of 74 minutes, the film is given a PG-13 rating for violence, language and brief drug use. This English language American film is directed by Chris Weitz based on a story by Roger L. Simon. The screenplay is written by Eric Eason and produced by Paul Junger Witt, Christian McLaughlin, Chris Weitz, Jami Gertz, and Stacey Lubliner. Also, the film is distributed by Summit Entertainment.
The casting of the film includes Demian Bichir as Carlos Riquelme; Jose Julian as Luis Riquelme; Dolores Heredia, Joaquin Cosio as Blasco; Carlos Linares, Nancy Lenehan as Mrs. Donnely; Tim Griffin as Charlie; Isabella Rae Thomas as Linda; Rolando Molina as Jesus, Olivia Presley as Olivia Guerrero the rude bus driver; Bobby Soto as Facundo; Tom Schanley as ICE Officer McGraw; Valorie Hubbard as the School Secretary; and Mary Scanlon as the Dancer. Also starring are Magi Avila as the Shot Girl; Eddie Martinez as Rey; and Chelsea Rendon as Ruthie.
A Better Life is a story that spans two generations and portrays the love between a father and son. Carlos Riquelme (played by Demian Bichir) is a gardener by profession in Eastern Los Angeles and as he works for the wealthy and the famous, he tries his best to protect his son from rogue gangs and immigration agents.