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2015 High Falls Film Festival

Paradise (Paraíso)

Directed by Mariana Chenillo

Mexico / 2013 / Drama / 1 hour 45 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / New York State Premiere Premiere

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The Little Theatre - #1
Sunday, November 15, 2015 1:45 pm


Paradise_Poster200wIn this charming Mexican love story, a young couple moves to the big city for his job and discovers a blatant bias against them because of their weight. When he begrudgingly follows her lead in losing weight, then exceeds her success, comedy and pathos ensue as their relationship unravels.

This film poignantly explores the issues of self-esteem, physical appearances, and the nature of love.

Synopsis written by Carol White Llewellyn




Director's Bio

Mariana Chenillo is a director and writer, known for Nora’s Will (2008), Paraíso (2013) and Revolución (2010).
Chenillo’s first feature, Nora’s Will (2008) received over 20 national and international awards including, Best Director at the International Film Festival in Moscow, the “El Abrazo” award for best film at the International Biarritz Festival of Latin American Cinema, the Golden Astor for best film at the Argentina Mar del Plata International Film Festival, and seven Ariel awards granted by the Mexican Academy of Film for, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Debut Film and Best Actor.

Nora’s Will was sold for commercial release in over 15 territories with excellent reception from critics.In 2010, Chenillo contributed to the omni-‐‐bus film Revolución (produced by Canana), her short film was titled La Tienda de Raya. She was the youngest of the filmmakers asked to participate in the project and collaborated alongside Mexican filmmakers Carlos Reygadas, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Gerardo Naranjo. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In television, Chenillo directed the second season of the Mexican hit T.V. series Soy Tu Fan (2012), which has been sold in Latin America and Mun2 in the U.S.

Chenillo studied film at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (1995-‐‐2002), specializing in directing.


Director, Writer, Editor: Mariana Chenillo
Producer: Pablo Cruz

Dates & Times


The Little Theatre - #1
Sunday, November 15, 2015 1:45 pm