Virus Tropical

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Virus Tropical

Santiago Caicedo
Kolumbien, 2017
Features, 96min, OmeU

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Virus Tropical

Santiago Caicedo
Kolumbien, 2017
Features, 96min, OmeU

Cast: 
María Cecilia Sánchez
Paola, voice as an adolescent
Martina Toro
Paola, voice as a child
Alejandra Borrero
Hilda, voice
Diego León Hoyos
Uriel, voice
Camila Valenzuela
Claudia, voice
Javiera Valenzuela
Chavela, voice
Zoraida Duque
Grandmother, voice
Screenplay: 
Enrique Lozano
Sound: 
Simón Hernández
Jorge Vallejo
Santiago Caicedo
Camera: 
Paola Gaviria
Editor: 
Simón Hernández
Jorge Vallejo
Santiago Caicedo
Composer: 
Adriana García Galán

Production: 
Timbo Estudio
Ikki Films
World Sales: 
Stray Dogs
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

While some animation films tend to be effervescent, in line with Japanese studios, like Ghibli, VIRUS TROPICAL is their precise opposite. With streamlined silhouettes – lithe black-and-white figures with sculptural, flinty features – it is unsentimental, darkly comic, even grotesque. Santiago Caicedo adapts the graphic novel by cartoonist Paola Gaviri (penname Powerpaola), who is also in charge of art direction. The film is told in the voice of Paola, as she traces her family’s cultural adaptation when they move from Ecuador to Colombia. Sisters Paola and older Patty and Claudia know from an early age that love is rife with disappointments. They find support in their strong-willed, resourceful mother, who faces overbearing in- laws and an unraveling marriage. Luscious forests surround smoke-choked Quito and then Cali, but the film’s stark drawings neutralize the picturesque and the exotic, to instead bring out a scrappy urban look. In the end, we are reminded that there is no such thing as a “tropical virus.” Unless you count being born, or being born a female, as a hereditary handicap – a fit irony for this tongue- in-cheek tale of defiant women born into a commonplace patriarchal setting. (Ela Bittencourt)

Santiago Caicedo COME COCO (2006, K), MOVING STILL (2007, K), UYUYUI (2011, K), GALAXY (2012, K)