LAS FLORES DE MI FAMILIA

LAS FLORES DE MI FAMILIA

75/53mins

90-year-old Nivia faces an unexpected change. Her daughter Alicia, whom Nivia has lived with for ages, has found a new husband after years of widowhood and understandably wants to move in with him. Nivia disapprove of the relationship and accuses her daughter of abandoning her.
Both women embark on a profound and revealing journey where the longing for a new love and the fear of growing old alone inevitably lead to a clash between mother and daughter. The director, Nivia’s grandson and Alicia’s son, managed to capture in an almost invisible way – as if in a work of fiction – the inevitable sorrow caused by a separation which, nevertheless, took place in a garden where flowers never wither, a dog turns out to be the best psychologist and an annoying pigeon seems to be announcing a miracle.

Director’s statement: I never planned to make this film. One day, a friend lent me a video camera; an old, VHS one. I was already studying to be a filmmaker, but I had never held a camera before. I woke up early that day, and, with my pyjamas still on, I took the camera and started stumbling down the hall, making a sort of tracking shot from my bedroom into the balcony. As soon as I stepped into the balcony, my grandmother entered frame from out of nowhere, looked into the camera and said “You ought to shoot this, Ignacio: the flowers. Look at the colours, aren’t they lovely?”. I rushed into the most obvious reply I could think of: “Which flowers do you like best?”. “I like them all”, she replied, as she stretched her arms to show me how much I had to get in frame.

Everything that came after that, which I sometimes call “a family tragicomedy”, was my best attempt at complying with her command. She is the real director here, I am nothing but her trusted cameraman.

Festivals

(Español) DOKLEPIZIG 2012 / Focus Latinoamerica / Leipzig, Alemania MIRADAS DOC 2012 / Official Selection / Tenerife, España FIDBA (Festival Internacional de Documental de Buenos Aires) 2012  / Caso de estudio/ Buenos Aires, Argentina DOCMONTEVIDEO 2012 FIDOCS 2012 14 BAFICI 2012 Festival Cinematográfico del Uruguay 2012 FICPE 2012 Selección Latinoamericana Primera Copia Festival de la Habana 2010

Prizes

(Español) MEJOR PELÍCULA LATINOAMERICANA FIDOCS 2012 PREMIO WIP FICPE 2010 FONA 2007 MVD SOCIO AUDIOVISUAL 201

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