Macha Colón Perfume de Gardenias

Macha Colón: Perfume de Gardenias

“Colón’s gaze is as authentic as it is original as she dares to poke fun at the sacred and profound in a deeply Catholic culture; humor that, in the end, helps to broaden our understanding of death, mourning, and
the meaning 
of life itself.” 

Perfume de Gardenias, the debut feature by queer Afro-Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist Macha Colón, comes to REDCAT after its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Colón knits a whimsical tale of motherly love and sisterhood tinted with black humor and sparkled with lavish doses of Caribbean imagery. Isabel is a loving and witty elderly widow with plenty of caring left to give. Soon after she decorates an exuberant and very personal funeral for her late husband, she’s enlisted by Toña—a power player in the neighborly gossip milieu—into producing custom-made and one-of-akind funerals for the local parishioners of a middle-class barrio in Puerto Rico. Perfume de Gardenias puts caregiving at the center of the frame while picturing a candid take on the cycle of life and death, the relevance of mourning rituals, and the importance of companionship. This provocative reflection on death and mourning, featuring veteran actress Luz María Rondón in her first moviestarring role, offers a playful and darkly comic perspective on Puerto Rico.

In person: Macha Colón

Curated by Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series.

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FRI 10/29
8:30 pm

This virtual screening is available for 24 hours after the event begins. Virtual screenings do not include access to pre or post event talks. Virtual access is limited to the Los Angeles area for this event. 

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