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August Evening is a 2007 film following the relationship between an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe. It was written and directed by Chris Eska, and released theatrically on September 5, 2008.


As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):

  • Pedro Castaneda as Jaime
  • Veronica Loren as Lupe
  • Abel Becerra as Victor
  • Walter Perez as Luis
  • Sandra Rios as Alice
  • Raquel Gavia as Maria
  • Cesar Flores as Salazar
  • Grisel Rodriguez as Andrea
  • Tom Spry as Jason
  • Jeremy Becerra as Gabe
  • Ethan Mallen as Matthew
  • Amelia Castillo as Juana
  • Richard Moreno as Manuel
  • Rosalba Aguayo Villegas as Wedding Photographer
  • Stella Romero as Grocery Cashier
  • Benito Lara as Diego
  • Marina Hernandez as Young Maria at Cleaners


Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter credits the film as perfectly honed, naturalistic acting and visual lyricism .


  • Winner, Independent Spirit Award for Cassavetes Award (given to a feature film made for under $500,000)
  • Nominated, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (Pedro Castaneda) (others nominated in this category: Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Frank Langella.)
  • Winner, Target Award for Best Film, Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Acting Ensemble, Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Nominated, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor (Pedro Castaneda)
  • Winner, Maverick Award for Best Film, Woodstock Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Film, Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Cinematography, Phoenix Film Festival
  • Winner, Opera Prima Jury Award (Best First Feature), International Latino Film Festival – San Francisco Bay Area
  • Winner, Best Actress, Zimbabwe International Film Festival (Veronica Loren)
  • Winner, Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Award 2005, Austin Film Society
  • Winner, Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Award 2006, Austin Film Society

Year 2007
ReleaseDate 2007-06-21
RuntimeMins 128
RuntimeStr 2h 8min
Plot August Evening follows an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try…
Awards Awards, 6 wins & 2 nominations
Directors Chris Eska
Writers Chris Eska
Stars Pedro Castaneda, Veronica Loren, Abel Becerra
Produced by Moctesuma Esparza,Connie Hill,Jason Wehling,Yuta Yamaguchi
Music by Jonathan Hughes
Cinematography by Yasu Tanida
Film Editing by Chris Eska
Casting By Megumi Kano
Production Design by Elysia Van Deusen
Costume Design by Sarah Balderas
Production Management Jacob Rosenberg
Art Department Cecilia Norman
Sound Department Bob Costanza,Jacob Esquivel,Joseph Mckeel,Robert Webber
Camera and Electrical Department Michelangelo Flores,Cecilia Norman,Bryan Ramirez,Ray Stilson,Yuta Yamaguchi
Casting Department Jorie Burgos,Bob Saldana
Editorial Department Andrew Huebscher,Jesse Klein Seret,Michael A. McCarthy
Music Department Mono,Masakatsu Takagi,Windy & Carl,Yellow 6
Thanks Joe Basquez,Alfred Cervantes,Roanna Gillespie
Genres Drama
Companies Doki-Doki Productions
Countries USA
Languages Spanish
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 6.8
ImDbRatingVotes 285
MetacriticRating 68
Keywords farm worker,texas,u.s. mexico border,father in law daughter in law relationship