Artificial Paradises
North American Premiere

Artificial Paradises

World Narrative Competition
| Mexico | 83 MINUTES | Spanish
Drama, Female Director(s)

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.

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Yulene Olaizola and Yulene Olaizola
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.
Yulene Olaizola
Primary Cast
Luisa Pardo, Salomón Hernández
Executive Producer
Sandra Gómez, Maximiliano Cruz, Yulene Olaizola
Emiliano Motta, Emiliano González de León
Yulene Olaizola, Fernando del Razo
Antonio Gómez
Director of Photography
Lisa Tillinger
Rubén Imaz

Press Contact
Sandra Gómez
Interior13 Cine
Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700
Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
Print Origin
Jessy Vega
Interior13 Cine
Mexico City, 06700
Phone: +52.55.4753.6795
* Rush Tickets available at venue except for
Beacon Theatre
Rush will be offered when advanced tickets for a screening or event are no longer available at venues other than Beacon Theatre.
The Rush system functions as a standby line that will form at the venue approximately one hour prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets and are payable upon entry.

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


Subscribe for festival news, exclusive offers, programming updates, and more!
Get Festival Updates

Tribeca Festival Partners

Presenting Partner
Signature Partners
Presenting Partner
Signature Partners
Presenting Partner
Signature Partners
Presenting Partner
Presenting Partner
Friends of the Festival
Presenting Partner
Media Friends of the Festival
Presenting Partner
Media Friends of the Festival
Presenting Partner
Industry Partners
See all partners