Madrid, November 21 (EFE). – The Colombian community residing in Spain welcomed this Sunday in Madrid the magic of “Encanto”, the new Disney animated film, inspired by the South American country, which will be available in cinemas initially. November 26.
The premiere, which was organized by the Colombian embassy in Spain and the production company, was attended by about 800 people. Children and adults were able to decorate their faces with flowers and other decorations that mimic the animals featured in the film such as the toucan or the jaguar.
“Colombia, My Magic”, the film’s main musical theme by Colombian Carlos Vives, was one of the most repeated songs at the concert.
Some people wore the costumes typical of the regions of Huila and Cartagena, among others, where hand-made flowers, ruffled blouses and flying skirts in gold, red and white were the main characters.
Members of the Colombian diplomatic representation and ProColombia, the government agency responsible for promoting international tourism, exports and foreign investment, attended.
“Encanto” tells the story of a gift-giving Madrigal family who lives in the mountains of Colombia and who will ensure its preservation throughout the plot.
To do so, Mirabel, the main character, must fight the fate predicted by her uncle Bruno: an uncertain future in which the magic of the area in which they reside can be lost forever.
The production is full of references to Colombian culture, such as the yellow butterflies evoked by Gabriel García Márquez’s novels; traditional clothing such as canvas shoes, vueltiaos hats, and ruanas-poncho-; and typical fauna of domestic animals such as the chigüiro, the largest rodent in the world, or the jaguar.
Speaking to EFE, Colombian Ambassador to Spain, Luis Guillermo Plata, confirmed that magical realism permeates the film, while presenting the country’s “magic and beauty.”
“Colombia has been a country that has faced many difficulties, but it also has very beautiful things and this magical and warm part of our country is what we want to highlight,” he commented.
Disney’s director of communications, Cristina Diaz, explained that “Encanto” seeks to reflect the country’s culture through “landscape, color and food, following the festive spirit of Colombia.” EFE
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