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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.

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

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

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.


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