Mejor no hablar de ciertas cosas / Porcelain Horse

A film by Javier Andrade

Starring: Victor Arauz, Andrés Crespo, Alejandro Fajardo
2011, Ecuador, Drama, 100 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles

Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature - 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, 2013.

Followed by virtual Q&A with the director, Javier Andrade
Screening as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse

Sunday March 23, 4 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W Anderson Ln. Austin, TX 78757 Tel: (512) 476-1320 [Map]

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“[Andrade] decided to make a film about unspoken things, about the dirty laundry of a family that finally comes to light. Porcelain Horse is a stimulating and vivid journey that is as nonchalant as it is strangely endearing” - Carlos Aguilar, INDIEWIRE


Paco Chavez leads a careless and charming life on the coast of Ecuador. He is surrounded by illicit drugs, and engaged in a forbidden love affair with Lucia, his former high school sweetheart, who is now married to another man. One night, he and his younger brother Luis, a punk musician with an even bigger drug problem, enter their parent’s home to steal a porcelain horse to pawn in order to score more drugs. Their father catches them and a fight ensues. The consequences of that fight will haunt both brothers forever, and will change the lives of everyone around them.

Paco Chávez vive sin preocupaciones en la costa de Ecuador. Está siempre rodeado de drogas ilícitas e involucrado en una historia de amor prohibido con Lucía, su novia del colegio, quien actualmente está casada con otro hombre. Una noche, él y su hermano menor Luis, un músico punk con un problema de drogas aún más grave que el suyo, entran en la casa de sus padres para robar un caballo de porcelana para empeñarlo con el fin de conseguir más drogas. Su padre los pilla y se desata una pelea. Las consecuencias de la pelea atormentarán a ambos hermanos para siempre y cambiarán las vidas de todos a su alrededor.

About the director

javier-andradeJavier Andrade was born in Portoviejo, Ecuador in 1978. He graduated from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2000 with a B.A. in Business and a Minor in Film. He started in film as an actor, with small roles in Sebastián Cordero’s RATAS, RATONES, RATERO, and Mateo Herrera’s ALEGRIA DE UNA VEZ. In 2002, Javier moved to New York to pursue a M.F.A. in film directing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. In 2004, his short film PIA won Best Short Film and the Audience Award at the Cero Latitud Film Festival in Quito, Ecuador. In 2006, PIA was selected to be a part of the prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. PORCELAIN HORSE, his first feature film script, has won the Production and Postproduction award by the National Council of Cinema of Ecuador and was invited to the Toscano Foundation’s Screenwriting workshop. In December 2011, PORCELAIN HORSE won the Alba Cultural postproduction award at the Havana Film Festival. Javier’s latest project LA CASA DEL RITMO, a concert film about the Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles will be released in the upcoming months.

Mejor no hablar de ciertas cosas (Porcelain Horse)

2011, Ecuador, Drama
100 min, RED, Color
In Spanish with English subtitles


Victor Arauz (as Luis)
Andrés Crespo (as Lagarto)
Alejandro Fajardo (as Rodrigo)
Leovanna Orlandini (as Lucía)
Francisco Savinovich (as Paco)


Written and Directed by Javier Andrade
Produced by María de Los Ángeles Palacios
Cinematographer: Chris Teague
Editor: Javier Andrade
Sound Design: Juan José Luzuriaga
Music: Sebastián Game

A PUNK S.A production

A FiGa Films Release