The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Dark Blood

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a screening of Harold Trompetero’s Dark Blood, a Colombian prison drama starring John Leguizamo.

Misael is imprisoned, waiting to be sentenced for a revenge crime against the man who killed his child. During his confinement, he must adapt to a new life of abuse, including injury and humiliation by guards and other prisoners. His former life starts to become a distant memory as he is forgotten by his loved ones. Lonely and abandoned, Misael finds affection and tenderness in Sarna, the dog of the prison.

Featuring a powerhouse performance from Leguizamo, Dark Blood is a stirring new film likely to stay with viewers long after it ends.


“Thanks to Trompetero’s almost documentary-like direction and a career-best performance from Leguizamo, what we witness, what Misael endures, is too real, too painful, too tortuous at times to watch.” — Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness