City, The (La Ciudad): David Riker’s Directing Debut

Reminiscent of the post-WWII Italian Neo-Realism of Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini, The City (LA Ciudad), is an impressive first film by writer-director David Riker.

Set at present and boasting an intricate dramatic structure, the film presents an emotionally devastating portrait of disenfranchised Latin American immigrants in New York City. Though it’s a powerful and incisive drama about loneliness, displacement and economic hardship, The City doesn’t neglect to show the prevalence of love and hope among its characters.

Directed by David Riker with a strong measure of authenticity and relying on non-professional performers, The City is a compassionate, humanist film that won the hearts of viewers at the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals and was cited as Best Film of the Havana Film Festival. Running Time: 88 minutes