Premio del Publico Sección Global – SXSW – Austin TX USA – 2018 | Premio del Público Mejor Película Extranjera – BAFICI – Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente – Argentina 2018 | Golden Lumiere Award – Stereopsia 2018 – Liege, Belgica | Audience Award for Narrative Film – Olympia Film Festival 2018 – Washington, USA | Mejor Animación, Premio del Público y Mejor Canción original – Premios Macondo 2018 – Colombia | Mención de Honor – FICCALI – 2018 | Prix du Jury Cinéphile – Premier Long Métrage, Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, 2018. | Premio SIGNIS – BAFICI – Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente – Argentina 2018.
Santiago Caicedo, Powerpaola – Colombia, 2017, 96 min – Recommended ages 14+
Adapted from the graphic novel memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Powerpaola, Virus Tropical is a thoughtful and deeply affecting coming-of-age story that begins on the night Paola is conceived – in a stylized but anatomically complete sequence that sets the tone for the film’s matter-of-fact exploration of sexuality and family – and ends with her striking out on her own as a young adult. Over the intervening years we accompany Paola, the youngest of three daughters raised by a mostly single mom, as she gropes and fumbles her way through friendships, new schools, clunky romances, and various domestic dramas. Scrappy DIY black and white animation and lo-fi Latin-indie score lend a lovingly idiosyncratic charm to a film that brings forth a unique and utterly refreshing girl’s POV perspective. By the end you have formed a gentle intimacy with this family and are happy to have spent time together.
Comment: Film contains frank depictions of nudity, sex, childbirth, and recreational drug use