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Artificial Paradises

World Narrative Competition

North American Premiere

Mexico | 83 MINUTES | Spanish |


Drama, Female Director(s)

Luisa is 25 years old and fighting a heroin addiction. Having escaped the city she finds herself seeking repose in a fading beach resort that rests on the lush seaside hills of Veracruz, Mexico. Inhabitants and conversations are sparse, but Luisa finds a quiet companionship with 50-year-old local Salomon, an alcoholic widower who spends his days smoking marijuana.

The film's breathtaking landscape, captured by talented cinematographer Luisa Tillinger, is a slice of serenity, even though the village's permanent residents grapple with the reality of paradise's temporal promises. It is an interesting and apt backdrop for this less-than-ordinary love story between two people battling dependency. Director Yulene Olaizola, a rising Mexican directing talent who first gained attention with her award-winning documentary Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies, collaborates with co-screenwriter Fernando del Razo and actress Luisa Pardo to create a rich and sincere narrative debut that subverts the typical addiction tale and highlights the subtle yet powerful performances by Pardo and Salomón Hernández.

Artificial Paradises won the Best Cinematography—Narrative Award, and will have two additional screenings on Sunday, May 1. Learn more.


Directed by Yulene Olaizola and Yulene Olaizola

YULENE OLAIZOLA was admitted to the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in 2002, where she made the shorts Fat Old Sun, Café Americano, and Te voy a dormir. She was art director for Rubén Imaz's Familia Tortuga. Yulene's documentary Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies won awards at IDFA and Montreal among other festivals.
Yulene Olaizola
Primary Cast
Luisa Pardo, Salomón Hernández
Executive Producer
Sandra Gómez, Maximiliano Cruz, Yulene Olaizola
Emiliano Motta, Emiliano González de León
Yulene Olaizola, Fernando del Razo
Antonio Gómez
Director of Photography
Lisa Tillinger
Rubén Imaz


Press Contact
Sandra Gómez
Interior13 Cine
Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700
Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
Print Origin
Jessy Vega
Interior13 Cine
Mexico City, 06700
Phone: +52.55.4753.6795