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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

ARTIFICIAL PARADISES

Directed by Yulene Olaizola
FEATURE NARRATIVE 83 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE ARTIFICIAL PARADISES

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.

Drama, Female Director(s)
About the Director(s)
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.
Special Note

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


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    83 minutes
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Luisa Pardo, Salomón Hernández
  • Director:
    Yulene Olaizola
  • Producer:
    Antonio Gómez
  • Executive Producer:
    Sandra Gómez, Maximiliano Cruz, Yulene Olaizola
  • Screenwriter:
    Yulene Olaizola, Fernando del Razo
  • Composer:
    Emiliano Motta, Emiliano González de León
  • Editor:
    Rubén Imaz
  • Director of Photography:
    Lisa Tillinger

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Sandra Gómez
    Interior13 Cine
    Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700
    Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
    sandra@int13cine.com
  • Director
    Yulene Olaizola
    Interior13 Cine
    Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700
    Phone: +52 55 4753 6795
    intimidadesde@gmail.com
  • Print Origin
    Jessy Vega
    Interior13 Cine
    Mexico City, 06700
    Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
    jessy@int13cine.com
  • Director
    Yulene Olaizola
    Interior13 Cine
    Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700
    Phone: +52 55 4753 6795
    intimidadesde@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    Sandra Gómez
    Interior13 Cine
    Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700
    Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
    sandra@int13cine.com
  • Print Origin
    Jessy Vega
    Interior13 Cine
    Mexico City, 06700
    Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
    jessy@int13cine.com

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