director | producer | scriptwriter
Guillermo Zouain is a director, screenwriter and producer from Santiago, Dominican Republic. His debut feature film On the Road, Somewhere premiered in 2015 in the Ibero-American Ópera Prima Competition at the Miami International Film Festival and also competed for the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award at MIFF. Guillermo’s works as an up-and-coming young director have been selected and awarded in various international film festivals including the San Diego Latino Film Festival, IFF Panamá, Chicago Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas Film Festival, Zanzibar International Film Festival and Zlín Film Festival, among others. Together with Wendy Muniz, his wife and long-time companion, he is working on the script Inland, which won the FONPROCINE Screenwriting Award by the National Film Commission in the Dominican Republic in January 2015. They are also working as producers for the documentary feature Tales of Penthouse (2017), which won the Latin-Pitch Award at DocsBarcelona and Islab 2015.
Tales of Penthouse, Documentary, Dominican Republic, 2017. Producer
On the Road, Somewhere, Dominican Republic, Feature Film, 2015. Director, Scriptwriter and Producer
I Love You, Music Video, Dominican Republic, 2014. Director
A Brief Love Story, Dominican Republic, 2014. Producer
Noche de Circo, Dominican Republic, 2013. Producer
Mirrors, Short Film, US, 2013. Producer
Ohe Ohe, Music Video, Dominican Republic, 2012. Director
Flores para mamá, Short Film, Spain, 2010. Director and Scriptwriter
Los de arriba, Short Film, Spain, 2009. Director and Scriptwriter
La cena, Short Film, Dominican Republic, 2009. Director and Scriptwriter
Cronopio revés, Short Film, US, 2006. Director and Scriptwriter
On the road, somewhere - Trailer
Coming from a family of immigrants, tradition and kinsfolk were essential elements in my upbringing. I wanted to be a film director for as long as I can remember. My first shorts and scripts, which I created in my teens, portrayed the eccentricities of my family, in particular of my grandfather who treasured the most our Lebanese roots and was the town’s local clown and, therefore, also popularly known as “the most Dominican Arab” of his generation. I grew up listening to American folk music and Spanish rock from the 1980s, and watching American TV. As my first feature shows, I combine tradition and global popular culture, artifice and apparent naiveté, to make the audience question the limits between arthouse and more mainstream films. I like being methodical. After all, my mother was a psychologist and my father a psychiatrist.