Such Is Life In The Tropics

Such Is Life In The Tropics

by Sebastián Cordero

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

In Guayaquil, a populous city in Ecuador, a wealthy young man is trying to evict 250 families who have been squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatters is willing to negotiate, but can this tense conflict be resolved without bloodshed?

Awards & Festivals

Winner of Best Directorial Effort at San Diego Latino FF!
International Premiere at Miami IFF (Knight Competition)!
Official Selection at Sunscreen FF!


Daniel Adum Gilbert (Emilio Baquerizo)
Víctor Aráz (Gustavo Miranda Jr.)
Diego Cataño Elizondo (Celio Montero)
Andrés Crespo Arosemena (Abogado Lisandro Terán)
Erando González (Don Gustavo Miranda)
Antonella Valeriano (Samanta)
María Josefina Viteri (María Clara Baquerizo)
Maya Zapata (Ingrid)

Director Bio

SEBASTIAN CORDERO (1972) spent his childhood in Ecuador, his teenage years in Paris, and his college years in Los Angeles, where he studied at USC’s Film Writing program. In 1995 he returned to Ecuador, intent on making a feature in a country where filmmaking was practically non-existent at the time. To the date Sebastian has directed six feature films: Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (Venice), Cronicas (Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, Sundance, Rotterdam), Rabia (Toronto, Tokyo Special Jury Prize), Pescador (Guadalajara), Europa Report. Such is Life in the Tropics is his latest.

Director Statement

In Such is Life in the Tropics the Shakespearean tragedy echoes in the plot, the characters and the family treatment. There are elements of Hamlet and Macbeth present, that don’t sacrifice the originality of the story. The characters are very strong, at times they become pillars and archetypes without losing their complexity.

Cast Bio

DANIEL ADUM GILBERT is a plastic artist. Such is Life in the Tropics is his first experience as an actor. His broad artwork mainly focuses in the urban space.

VÍCTOR ARÁUZ is one of the most prolific actors in Ecuador. His career includes film, theater and TV. His performance in Porcelain Horse (2012) highlights his ability to perform.

DIEGO CATAÑO ELIZONDO is a Mexican actor. He is known for his work in Duck Season (2004) when he was 14 years old. Since then, he has performed in more than 10 Mexican and international films. His most recent work is in the Netflix series Narcos


Director: Sebastián Cordero
Writer: Andrés Crespo Arosemena, Sebastián Cordero
Producers: Sebastián Cordero, Bertha Navarro, Arturo Yépez Z.
Coproducers: Mónica Lozano, Alejandro Springall, Vera Weit, Stelios Ziannis
Director of Photography: Tonatiuh Martínez
Production Designer: Bárbara Enríquez
Editing: Sebastián Cordero, Jorge García
Music: Toño Cepeda, Leonardo Heiblum, Andrés Sánchez Maher
Sound Design: Martín Hernández
Production Sound Recording: Estebanoise Brauer
Costume Designer: Mayra Juárez
Special Effects: Alejandro Vázquez
Visual Effects: Christian Hein – Digital Images Gmbh
1st Assistant Director: Manuel Hinojosa
Casting: Priscilla Aguirre, Andrés Crespo Arosemena
Production Companies: Carnaval Cine, Salamandra Producciones, Aktis Film Production

Original Title: Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval / 2.35:1 / Colour / Shot on: 4K digital cinema. Arri Alexa Plus / 100 min / Audio 5.1, 7.1 / Spanish with English subtitles / DCP / Ecuador, Mexico, Germany 2016

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