Cinema Tropical and Interior 13 have announced the US theatrical premiere run of Yulene Olaizola's acclaimed Mexican film Artificial Paradises / Paraísos artificiales, playing for one week engagement at Brooklyn's reRun Gastropub Theater March 30 - April 5. The director will travel to New York to introduce her film on opening night.
Hailed as a "poetic contemplation that balances a landscape's serene beauty with the small futile dramas of characters whose lives are ruled by intoxication" (Screen International) and acclaimed at Rotterdam and winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Olaizola's elegant drama is a journey into the altered states and unlikely friendship of young heroin addict Luisa (Luisa Pardo) and pot-smoking, aging caretaker Salomón (Salomón Hernández).
Gloriously photographed, the film is an evocation of this odd couple's emotions, their attempts to escape from everyday life and reach an artificial Eden, as well as the storms brought on by their enjoyment of this experience in a crumbling Veracruz beach resort. This is Olaizola's second feature film, her debut feature film Intimidades entre Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo / Intimacies between Shakespeare and Victor Hugo (2009) received over 30 prizes in film festivals worldwide.
This is the first joint effort between Cinema Tropical and Mexico-City based Interior 13 to distribute films of emerging Latin American filmmakers in US theaters.