Virus Tropical
Virus Tropical

Embassy of Colombia

Virus Tropical | 2017 | Santiago Caicedo | Colombia, Ecuador | 97:00


Virus Tropical is a touching coming-of-age story about a girl named Paola. Based on the graphic novel memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Powerpaola, the film follows Paola and her eccentric family. Her father, a priest, is mostly absent while her mother, a “psychic”, is left to raise Paola and her equally sisters as they struggle through friendships, romances, and an assortment of domestic chaos. In the midst of all this disarray, Paola strives to carve out her own unique place in a harried world.

Using striking black and white animation, the film explores themes of sexuality, identity and family from the perspective of a young girl. With a powerful feminist perspective, featuring strong women in the center, Virus Tropical breaks the stereotype of the male-dominant Latin American family. A winner of several awards, Virus Tropical is a beautiful story that leave you feeling part of this offbeat but loving family.

Virus Tropical est une histoire touchante de passage à l’âge adulte fondée sur le roman graphique de récit-souvenirs par la dessinatrice colombo équatorienne, Powerpaola. L’histoire suit Paola et sa famille excentrique dans leurs débats en amitié, en amour, et en différentes situations familiales chaotiques. Au milieu de tout ce désordre, Paola s’efforce de se faire sa propre place unique en ce monde affairé.

À l’aide d’une animation en noir et blanc percutante et de la perspective d’une jeune fille, le film explore les thèmes de la sexualité, de l’identité et de la famille. Virus Tropical brise le stéréotype de la famille latino-américaine où l’homme domine, en mettant l’accent sur la perspective d’une puissante féministe. Gagnant de plusieurs prix, Virus Tropical est une belle histoire qui vous donnera l’impression de faire partie de la famille unique et aimante de Paola.

"Her dream of being a creative, independent woman triumphs over all temptation, offering a positive role model for the film’s youthful viewers."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

  RATED 14+

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About the Director
Santiago Caicedo (1976) is a Colombian artist and filmmaker. His work, difficult to label, revolves around motion graphics, animation, stereoscopy, video art, and film. His short films have participated in numerous festivals around the world, including Annecy, Clermont, and SIGGRAPH, and have received many international awards. Caicedo’s work enhances graphics and fantasy in a unique style where he vanishes all references to common times or places and takes us away on trips to strange worlds.

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