Plot Outline: Helen and Sebastian cross paths in a health food store. Helen senses there is more at play within this scenario and offers Sebastian an alternative that permanently disrupts his daily routine.

Short Synopsis: Sebastian lives in isolation until he meets Helen. Their uncommon values leave a strong impression on each other that changes their outlook on life. As a result, they find themselves tying loose ends in personal matters, until they meet again. But then Helen is visited by Giselle, a friend from the past.

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Program page for Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, March 5 - 10 2019
RICE has been honored with 8 nominations
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RICE is an art film. An independent feature film by first time filmmaker, Alex Vargas. The languages spoken in this story are Spanish, French, English and Latin.
It was completed on January 20, 2018 and is currently in the international film festival circuit.


Nice, France Nominations: Best: Screenplay, Feature, Supporting Actress and Editing
Madrid, Spain Nominations: Best: Supporting Actress and Screenplay
Amsterdam, Holland AWARD: Best Screenplay
Pordenone, Italy Screening: Non competitive Official Selection
Kansas, US Screening: Non competitive Official Selection
London, England Nomination: Best Editing
Biloxi, Mississippi AWARDS: Best of Festival, Best Cinematography & Best Lead Actress
Toronto, Ontario Nomination: Best Feature
Idyllwild, California Nominations: Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cast Ensemble, Best Feature, Best Lead Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Juan Ruiz Anchia Award for Best Cinematography. currently unknown

Our favorite festivals:

- Idyllwild International Film Festival has honored us with 8 nominations and three planned screenings on March 7th, 8th & 9th, 2019. For this festival, marketing is well organized and purposeful, making more sense than all I’ve seen before. Audiences local and beyond, come to watch movies that will be screened in two different locations. Festival passes are currently available to the Idyllwild International Film Festival. We look forward to this!!!💚

- Our most recent festival this Jan 2019, Southern States Indie FanFilmFest, surprised us with three awards. One of them was the top award—Best of Fest. But the real gold was in the people running it, the level of integrity and the great selection of movies. So far, the most wholesome festival experience.

- The 9 year old Amsterdam International Film Festival was a huge acknowledgment for us. This festival winning is not dependent on marketing or politics of any kind. It is also has no public screenings. It is based on private screening judgment by the festival assigned judges. It is a huge honor for us to have been selected and awarded under such conditions.

- The Kansas International Film Festival was a super welcoming experience. It was our first Theatrical screening (DCP and surround 5.1) and it brought us the following humbling review from a viewer present at the screening. RICE is only released to festivals, so this is a rare and very appreciated review to have. Thank you! 💚

IMDb - Oct 2018

A Lyrically Visual Story

"Rice" is an immersive story told in an almost magical way. It starts out with a soldier in the Falkland Islands War performing a merciful act, and the resulting punishment he receives. He meets a young woman who starts to help him heal from the wounds that he suffered. You will not see a movie like this anytime soon. Writer-Director Alex Vargas has crafted a movie so visually distinct and exact, that watching it is fascinating even if it didn't have a story. As the movie progresses, both lead characters move toward their ultimate conclusion, with a resolution that is as real and grounded as the imagery is poetic. This is an art film that really earns the term art.

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