SWEET NAVIDAD (88 min)

Camila Banus, Mark Hapka, Terri Hoyos, Melissa Marty, Harrison Grant, David Fumero, Susan Ortiz

Quirky and lovable pastry chef Carmen (Camila Banus) dreams of one day opening her very own Puerto Rican-influenced bakery—like the one her family owned on the island. In the meantime, she showcases her treats at a local coffee shop where she works with her sister, Pilar (Melissa Marty). When local hotel owner, Victor Flores (David Fumero), enters the shop and discovers Carmen’s talents, he invites her to apply for a coveted position as pastry chef for his hotel’s grand holiday gala. Knowing other applicants will have culinary school backgrounds as opposed to her homegrown skills, Carmen decides not to apply. But Pilar is unwilling to let her sister talk herself out of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and applies for the position on Carmen’s behalf. When Carmen is accepted, she’s paired with chef Jax (Mark Hapka) to curate the perfect holiday menu. The two immediately butt heads: where Carmen is messy and cooks from the heart, Jax is a perfectionist fixated on technique. As they race against the clock to assemble their intricate holiday menu, they realize they have a lot to learn from one another and eventually come together to create a truly inspired menu just in time for Christmas—all while falling in love.

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