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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality and drug use.

R In Theaters 09/29/2006 , 98min.
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Plot & Details

The harsh realities of life on the street merge with the universal themes of youthful pain and exhilaration in director Dito Montiel's telling tale of one boy's struggle to escape the grim fate that awaits his aimless, trouble-minded peers. For most of Montiel's friends, the only means of escaping their bleak surroundings were drugs, prison, or death. In breaking the cycle and making a name for himself as a filmmaker, Montiel showed that there are ways to overcome the urban malaise that consumed the majority of his friends. He couldn't have done it alone, though, and with this film Montiel pays tribute to those he left behind by bringing their story to the screen so that their struggles may give others in similar situations the courage to pursue a more positive, creative means of overcoming their anger.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Dito Montiel Nominated
2006 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Channing Tatum Nominated
2006 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Melonie Diaz Nominated

New York Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 New York Film Critics Society Best First Film (Runner-up) Dito Montiel Won

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Directing Award Dito Montiel Won
2006 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize - Best Ensemble Performance Won

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