El Perfumista


Pedro Marquez is a prestigious perfumer who works at home with his daughter. However, his career is under threat as his sense of smell starts to deteriorate. Things only get worse as he decides to keep it a secret...


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Xiamen, China 

Dec 14th - Dec22nd, 2020

Pasadena International Film Festival

Oct 19th-Nov1st, 2020

Pasadena, CA, USA 

SOHO International Film Festival

Oct 15th -22nd, 2020

New York, NY, USA 

21st Newport Beach Film Festival

Oct 1st -11th, 2020

Newport Beach, CA, USA 

Orlando International Film Festival

Orlando, FL, USA 

Sep 15th -25th, 2020

Enzian Theater

Houston Latino Film Festival

Houston, TX, USA 

March 19th - 21st, 2020

Canceled due to COVID-19

26th Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona, AZ, USA 

Sun, Feb 23rd - 1pm, 2020

Location: Sedona - Harkins 1

Tue, Feb 25th - 7pm @ Harkins1

Location: Sedona - Harkins 1

42nd Mill Valley Film Festival

San Rafael, CA, USA 

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Smith Rafael Film Center

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Lark Theater



Retirement hits everyone differently. For many, it means the loss of social recognition and readjustment of one's social status. It creates a void of purpose in life and can take one a long time to regain balance. This is only harder for a man whose identity is formed through his profession. 

I witnessed how my father’s involuntary retirement slowly consumed his confidence as well as marginalized him from the family. I wanted to make a film where the audience experiences the insecurity a man goes through during this process. 


El Perfumista is shot in California, but the visuals are actually inspired by my childhood memories of Jaca, Spain. That's where I used to spend my summer vacations with my Tia Carmen, who had a big house in the mountains of Los Pirineos, Nothern Spain. I was lucky for being able to replicate the splendid cedar forests and the Spanish house in the film. I set out for a visually nostalgic and poetic tone and used the cello as the only instrument in the scoring to portray the gradual progression of the mental state our protagonist goes through.

Perfume making is filled with textures, patterns, and colors, yet, it is mysterious for its connection to the sense of smell. It is an invisible art. What happens if one loses his sense of smell? Can he still be a perfumer if he can’t smell anymore? How hard is it to accept such a big loss? How painful, or joyful, is it for a father to see his child reaching his level of success and not being needed anymore? I want this film to answer these questions.

                          - Paloma Lingwei Chen -

Genre: Drama

Language: Spanish, English

Country: USA, China

​Shooting Location: California

Duration: 24'18''

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