Alfredo de Villa is an award-winning writer-director who lives in Los Angeles but makes many of his films in New York. He grew up in Puebla, Mexico. His most recent film, Adrift in Manhattan, was nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Sundance Film Festival, and it won Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the Indianapolis International Film Festival, Best Director Prize at the San Diego Film Festival and Special Jury Ensemble Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film’s ensemble cast features Heather Graham, Victor Rasuk, Dominic Chianese, Elizabeth Peña, and William Baldwin.
His debut feature film, Washington Heights, received a special mention at the first Tribeca Film Festival. He followed this with Yellow, starring Roselyn Sanchez. He has also directed four short films, including Joe’s Egg and Neto’s Run, which earned him rank as the only director to win the Directors Guild of America Best Latino Director Award twice, in 1995 and 1999.
Adrift in Manhattan
Fans of Paul Thomas Anderson or Atom Egoyan may want to take note of Alfredo De Villa... the Mexican-born director is putting his own distinct stamp on the American drama genre....▶
The throbbing uptown Manhattan neighborhood inhabited largely by immigrants from the Dominican Republic is the setting....▶