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Under My Nails

Playing on HBO Latino, Fall 2013

In New York, Solimar a Puerto Rican woman who works in a “nail salon” becomes obsessed with the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, a Dominican man Roberto and his Haitian-Dominican wife Perpetue. Solimar, as a voyeur of their intimate life, one day witnesses a particularly brutal encounter. Perpetue disappears after that. Apparently she went back to the Dominican Republic to see her children. In her absence Solimar and Roberto develop an intense and violent sexual relationship. For the first time in a very long time, Solimar feels a connection with her innermost desires and true identity. The fact that itʼs wrong makes it right for her. She lost both her parents when she was very young. Supposedly, her mother abandoned them causing her father to commit suicide. She hasnʼt been back to Puerto Rico in a long time and canceled any connection with her past. The sudden appearance of an unidentified womanʼs dead body in the Bronx River awakes her suspicion. Solimar has fallen in love with Roberto and what could be a threat for her itʼs transformed into an erotic drive that she canʼt stop. She has to decide whether to confront Roberto or live with the most terrible doubt.


erotic thriller


102 MIN


Spanish and English






Ari Manuel Cruz





AWARDS and festival

WINNER – Best US Feature New York International Latino Film Festival

Selected to FOCUS ON LATINO FILMMAKERS (Arí Maniel Cruz) The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences & Cleveland International Film Festival

WINNER – Special Jury Prize San Juan International Film Festival, Puerto Rico

WINNER – Best Actress Award (Kisha Tikina Burgos) San Juan International Film Festival, Puerto Rico

WINNER – Best Individual Performance (Kisha Tikina Burgos) Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Austin, TX

Honorable Mention of the Jury
Santo Domingo International Film Festival, Dominican Republic