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January 1st (Primero De Enero)

Directed by Erika Bagnarello

Narrative Feature
Dominican Republic| 1 hour 25 minutes | 2014

When a 12-year-old boy learns that his father’s beloved piano is stolen, he and his two best friends set out on an exciting, cross-country journey through beautiful Dominican Republic to bring it back home before January 1st.

January 1st - Erica BagnarelloErika Bagnarello
Director/ Writer

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Erika Bagnarello obtained her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University where she attended as a Fulbright International Fellow. Her work as a Writer and Director includes two feature documentaries, over 30 television commercials, corporate videos, short films and her first feature narrative film,”January 1st”. She is also a TED Fellow and has participated in numerous international film festivals.

Erika is currently based in Los Angeles, CA where she’s developing her second feature film, a series in short format and is in the middle of post-production for a documentary shot in Costa Rica earlier this year.


January 1st Poster

Film Information

Director/ Writer:  Erika Bagnarello
Country: Dominican Republic
Year: 2014
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes


Producers: José Miguel Bonetti & Eduardo Najri
Executive Producers: 
Julio Caro & Jochi Vicente
Director of Photography: 
Mario Araya
Production Designer: 
Rafi Mercado
Alberto Amieva & Raul Merchand Sanchez
Usman Riaz
Principal Cast:
Víctor Pintor, Paula Sánchez-Ferry, and Carlos Báez

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Principal Cast

BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
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