ParadisoA post by Peter Jordens.

Nadine Salas reports for the Amigoe that the short fiction film Paradiso by director Rebecca Roos recently had its ‘home country’ premiere in the atmospheric courtyard of Ateliers ’89 in Aruba. Here are excerpts.

Some 100 people gathered to view this film about a young woman in Aruba whose life stands in contrast with the tourist experience on the island. “We experience a different reality from the tourist. That makes the film relatable for people here,” says Olga van Bochove who plays the lead role. “Aruba is a paradise for the tourist but it’s no holiday for us.” The film follows a woman who lives in Aruba during the course of a day, while juxtaposing the story with documentary footage of paradisiacal beaches and hotels. […]

Paradiso had its world premiere in Belize in November as part of a short-film program consisting of fifteen documentary and fiction films. See the 2018 Belize International Film Festival, https://www.belizefilmfestival.com/films/paradiso. Paradiso has also been submitted to the International Film Festival of Berlin (Berlinale), the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and the CIFFR in Curaçao. “You submit your film first to the biggest film festivals, even though the chance of being accepted is only 5 to 15 percent,” says Roos. “Because, once you have sent your film to a few small festivals, the big festivals are no longer interested. Conversely, getting accepted by one of the [big] festivals enhances your chances of getting in at other festivals. Submission also costs money, usually between 60 and 90 [US] Dollars per film,” she explains. […]

The full, original article appeared in Dutch on page 7 of the December 11, 2018 print edition of the Amigoe. Translation and additional information have been provided by Peter Jordens.

Paradiso is written, directed, and produced by Rebecca Roos together with co-producer Guido van Raalte and associate producers Aaron Hose and Nicole Booi.

For more about Rebecca Roos, see http://caribbeanfilm.org/rebecca-roos, https://www.youtube.com/user/roosprod and https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRoosProductions.


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