Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas.  Along with her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach.


As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years.


Noelí’s boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month.


For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes in.






Dólares de Arena

a film by Laura Amelia Guzmán

& Israel Cárdenas




Title: Dólares de Arena

Genre: fiction / drama

Length : 85 mins. color

Year : 2014

Language : spanish / english / french

Produced by

Aurora Dominicana / Rei Cine / Canana Films / Foprocine

Dominican Republic / México / Argentina


With the support of

The Hubert Bals Fund International Film Festival Rotterdam
Programa Ibermedia

Fonprocine DGCINE

Banco BHD







Festivals & Awards

Official Selection Toronto Film Festival

Best Actress

Chicago International Film Festival


Cairo International Film Festival

Best Actress

Festival  de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana

Best Feature

Trinidad y Tobago Film Festival