Scene from the film Heliconia
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Fourteen-year-old Maria spends her time in the extensive tropical garden of her family house. When she meets her brother and his friend Adrian on motorcycles during the New Year celebrations, she decides to flee with them to find paradise on earth together. The story, filled with biblical symbols, stands out with its sensual grainy 8mm images reminiscent of heliconia leaves, plants pollinated by birds.

„I like to make the medium and its plasticity visible, to let images live and breathe. I designed several images in Heliconia like tableaux vivants, and in this respect, I am really inspired by frame composition in painting and in photography.“ P. Rodríguez Polanco


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Paula Rodriguez-Polanco
  • DOP
    Paula Rodriguez-Polanco
  • Editing
    Maximilien Zamanski
  • Music
    Gabriel Torrado
  • Sound
    Sara Fernandez, Maria Camila Rojas
  • Duration
    27 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille
    • Zinebi Bilbao
    • FIFAM Amiens
    • Panorama du Cinéma Colombien, Paris
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
    • Filmfest Dresden
    • Indielisboa
  • Awards
    • FID Marseille: Prix Premier Special Mention is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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