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Café Paraíso

Shorts in Competition: Narrative

New York Premiere

Mexico | 11 MINUTES | Spanish, English |


Two Mexican immigrants work as cooks at the Café Paraíso. While preparing an endless array of dishes, the youngest rehearses his heroic resignation, through which he hopes to regain his youth and dignity and even win the love of a waitress. But things aren't as they seem at the Café Paraíso, where reality becomes fiction and fiction reality.

Note: This film will screen as part of the Shorts: Means to an End program.


Co-presented by




Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios and Alonso Ruizpalacios

Alonso Ruizpalacios (b. Mexico City) studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has directed and written for several TV series and stage shows. Café Paraíso has won awards at film festivals in Spain, Mexico, and Italy. Alonso is currently working on his first feature film project, Güeros.
Patricia Coronado
Juan Manuel Figueroa
Director of Photography
Damian García
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Music by
Tomás Barreiro, Freddie Stevenson
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Primary Cast
Tenoch Huerta, José Sefami, Sophie Alexander-Katz, Enrique Arreola
Sound Design
Pablo Fernández


Patricia Coronado
Insurgentes Sur 674, 2nd floor, Del Valle Mexico, 03100
Phone: (5255) 54485339
Print Source
Alejandro Díaz
Mexican Film Institute
Insurgentes Sur 674, 2nd floor, Del Valle Mexico City, 03100
Phone: 5255 5448 5345