The Garden Left Behind traces the relationship between a young Mexican trans woman named Tina (Carlie Guevara) and her grandmother Eliana (Miriam Cruz), as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
As Tina begins the process of transitioning, Eliana struggles to understand her and fears that their life together in America is no longer what they hoped for. Tina finds fellowship in a small but mighty transgender group and becomes an outspoken advocate. Facing violent threats, insurmountable medical costs, questions about her legal immigration status, and increasing skepticism from the man she loves, Tina begins to lose all hope. Unknowingly, she has also become the only inspiration for a shy young man who has been watching her closely from afar.
The Garden Left Behind is a powerful drama directed by Brazilian filmmaker Flavio Alves, in his first feature film. Alves also co-wrote the screenplay with John Rotondo. It stars Carlie Guevara, Danny Flaherty, Michael Madsen, Ed Asner, and Miriam Cruz.
- Starring : Carlie Guevara / Danny Flaherty
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United States / Brazil
- Language : English / Spanish
- Director : Flavio Alves
- Production : Autonomous Pictures / Queens Pictures
- Distributor : Uncork’d Entertainment
The Garden Left Behind movie
The Garden Left Behind release date
- March 9, 2019 : USA (South by Southwest Film Festival)
- March 29, 2019 : USA (Cleveland International Film Festival)
- March 30, 2019 : USA (Boston LGBT Film Festival)
- April 12, 2019 : USA (Phoenix Film Festival)
- April 13, 2019 : USA (Florida Film Festival)
- May 9, 2019 : USA (Bentonville Film Festival)
- May 26, 2019 : Canada (Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival)
- June 25, 2019 : USA (Frameline Film Festival)
- July 12, 2019 : USA (Cine Festival)
- July 22, 2019 : USA (Outfest Los Angeles)
- September 23, 2019 : USA (Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
- October 3, 2019 : USA (Nashville Film Festival)
- October 5, 2019 : USA (Woodstock Film Festival)
- October 7, 2019 : USA (Outflix Film Festival)
- October 16, 2019 : Germany (Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival)
- October 16, 2019 : Germany (Munich LGBT Film Festival)
- October 16, 2019 : USA (Heartland Film Festival)
- February 23, 2020 : USA (Sedona International Film Festival)
- March 6, 2020 : UK (Glasgow Film Festival)
- March 20, 2020 : USA (Fargo Film Festival)
- April 3, 2020 : UK (Belfast Film Festival)
- April 4, 2020 : USA (Julien Dubuque International Film Festival)
The Garden Left Behind cast
- Carlie Guevara as Tina
- Danny Flaherty as Oscar
- Miriam Cruz as Eliana
- Michael Madsen as Kevin
- Edward Asner as Dr. Cleary
- Anthony Abdo as Chris
- Alex Kruz as Jason
- Tamara M. Williams as Carol
- Dawn Young as Miriam
- Bernadette Quigley as Dr. Brown
- Frances Lozada as Officer Gottilla
- Ivana Black as Amanda
- Brock Yurich as Chester
- Will Krisanda as Leo
- Kristen Parker Lovell as Regina
The Garden Left Behind became the first independent film to be funded substantially through donations and sales via eBay.
The film was selected as one of ten films by IFP to be developed in their 2017 Narrative Lab project. The Garden Left Behind has also received support from organizations such as GLAAD, PFLAG, NALIP, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Council for the Arts, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Trans Filmmakers Project, and Jerome Foundation.
In the spring of 2016, newcomer Carlie Guevara was cast in the lead role of Tina in the spring of 2016. The film cast transgender actors in all transgender roles as well as Latinx performers in all Latinx roles, and bilingual performers/native Spanish language-speakers in Spanish-speaking roles.
The Garden Left Behind premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2019, where it won the Audience Award. Since then, the film has received over 20 awards at festivals around the US and the world, including Jury Awards at the Nashville Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and Heartland Film Festival.
The multi-awarded movie by Flavio Alves is is critically acclaimed. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, The Garden Left Behind has a 96% approval rating based on 53 reviews.
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