Against the backdrop of a terrorist attack on an upscale Colombian social club, ‘Burbuja’ follows Valentina, a privileged girl skilled at hiding her need for approval under a façade of presumptions. When Valentina discovers that her best friend, Paulina, is romantically involved with her crush, a chain reaction is set off. Navigating the intricacies of high society and her own shattered dreams, Valentina pulls a hurtful prank. Now she must confront the true depth of her actions, mend fractured bonds, and rediscover her own authenticity amidst the chaos.

  • Daniela Riascos
  • Daniela Riascos
  • Adriana Aparicio
  • Giorgio Caputo
  • Daniela Riascos
  • Isabella Restrepo
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  • Marcela Vargas
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    Coming of age, Drama
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    21 minutes 51 seconds
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    August 28, 2023
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    60,000 USD
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Director Biography - Daniela Riascos

Daniela Riascos is a Colombian-born filmmaker and producer, a graduate of Brown University and the Tisch School of The Arts at New York University. After working in the advertising industry in New York, she returned to her hometown to pursue her career as a director. Building on her experience in production and direction, Daniela established her own content production company, Milagrosa. She divides her time between London and Bogotá, aiming to bridge the gap between the innovative ideas of the British film industry and the vast production opportunities in Colombia. "Burbuja" marks her debut in fiction short filmmaking, a pivotal step towards her original dream: developing narratives that deepen her comprehension of the human experience and foster connections with others.

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Director Statement

On February 7th, 2003, the guerrilla group FARC detonated a bomb at the El Nogal social club in Bogotá, resulting in over 200 injuries and 35 fatalities. I vividly recall the night when the bomb exploded. On the verge of high school graduation, I was a teenager wrestling with uncertainties about the future, to the point of feeling disconnected from my surroundings.

Nearly two decades later, the 2020 pandemic abruptly halted my career in advertising, compelling me to reevaluate my path. Recognizing that this was my opportunity to write and produce my own narratives, I seized the chance. This is how "Burbuja" came to be. Through this deeply personal film, my intention is to evoke empathy, understanding, and ultimately facilitate my own healing process. Embracing my role as a storyteller has provided me with a means to convey my experiences, emotions, and insights into a film that I hope not only serves as a catharsis for me but also resonates emotionally with the audience.

A brief insight into the title of the film: In Colombian slang, "Burbuja" (Spanish for "Bubble") refers to Toyota Land Cruisers, because of their distinctive curvaceous design. This iconic vehicle has evolved into a badge of prestige over time, long favored by a diverse clientele – spanning politicians, old-money families, and yes, even the unconventional narcos.