Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2023)
Director: Aitch Alberto Run Time: 96 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023
Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Kevin Alejandro, Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, Veronica Falcón
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish
About the film:
World Premiere, 2022 Toronto Film Festival
Based on Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s best-selling young adult novel, the film centers on the friendship between two teenage Mexican-American loners in 1987 El Paso who explore a new, unusual friendship and the difficult road to self-discovery.
“Aitch Alberto embraces the complexities of the story… this is the kind of YA cinema kids deserve.“
—Drew Burnett Gregory, Autostraddle
About the filmmaker:
Aitch Alberto is a writer and director from Miami, Florida. She directed several short films before she wrote on Duster, a crime drama series from J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan for HBO Max. She also served as a writer on AppleTV+’s BAFTA-nominated anthology series Little America. She is a Sundance Episodic Lab fellow, recipient of a Skowhegan Artist Residency, a Yaddo fellowship, a Latino Screenwriting Project Fellowship, and an alumnus of the Outfest Screenwriting Lab.
Featuring an entirely BIPOC cast and a primarily minority crew, Alberto’s first feature film Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2023) had its World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival. According to the director, the film had been offered a prominent slot at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but Alberto opted to hold off to “fine-tune” the film. For her work, she was included in Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” and Indiewire’s “22 Rising Female Filmmakers” in 2022.See our upcoming films