The Colombian ambassador’s residence in Washington was dressed Thursday as the home of Disney’s latest animated feature, “Encanto,” a magical realism story set in the mountains of Colombia.
The Tony Residence, a 1905 mansion built for businessman Thomas T. Gaff, was adorned with flowers and faux brick tiles, hiding the chateâuesque pomp behind the Andean village flair, reminiscent of the main character’s home in the film.
Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón was joined at the event celebrating the film’s Colombian roots by Colombian actor Mauro Castillo, who plays the character of “Felix” in “Encanto”.
“Watching Encanto, you will discover what makes Colombia the second most biodiverse country in the world and why we rank first for the diversity of bird and orchid species, and second for amphibians, plants. , butterflies and freshwater fish, ”Pinzón told attendees.
According to Disney, “Encanto” – “charm” in Spanish – takes place in a magical village in the Colombian mountains, where the children of the Madrigal family all have a special gift, with the exception of Mirabel, Madrigal’s daughter who is the key to save the magic of the village. .
The incorporation of magic into a societal narrative is a tribute to Latin American magical realism, the genre that Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez perfected, earning him a Nobel Prize for Literature.
The embassy’s decorations included yellow butterflies, a reference to García Márquez’s “100 years of loneliness”, in which yellow butterflies accompany each appearance of a character who breaks the molds of social class.
“‘Encanto’ presents social inclusion and racial diversity in its history, which reflects our reality. The historical blend of indigenous peoples, European – Spanish – and African cultures has transformed us, through a multicultural country that accepts and takes everyone in consideration, said Pinzon.
Pinzón, who is in his second term as Ambassador to the United States, is known for hosting thematic events celebrating the US-Colombian relationship.
In 2022, the two countries will celebrate the bicentenary of the establishment of permanent diplomatic relations.
“Encanto,” whose cast includes Colombian American stars John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama, also features Lin-Manuel Miranda as an actor and co-writer.
The film hits theaters on Wednesday.