Silvia

    • María Silvia Esteve
    • Argentina, Chile
    • 2018
    • 103 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
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    Silvia looks dazzling in the old VHS footage of her wedding in the early 1980s—she’s a beautiful woman about to embark on a promising future with a diplomat husband, and a comfortable house to live in. The home videos that follow show more highlights from her life: her first wedding anniversary, her daughters growing up, and the farewell party at the embassy.

    Meanwhile, the audio commentary offers a very different reality. The film’s director María Silvia Esteve is the middle one of Silvia’s daughters, and she and her siblings talk about their parents’ gradual descent into a spiral of angry clashes, psychological problems and prescription drugs. By recounting events from their childhood, they try to get a handle on what went wrong in their family. And they wonder why their mother, with whom they had a very close relationship, never managed to improve the situation or leave their father.

    Esteve uses VHS footage in an original way, combining it with cut-up quotes, excerpts from her mother’s favorite film, and classical music to construct a poetic family chronicle about memory, powerlessness and keeping up appearances.

    Credits

    • 103 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Spanish
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    María Silvia Esteve
    Production
    María Silvia Esteve for Hana Films
    Executive producer
    Gonzalo Moreno
    Cinematography
    Carlos Esteve
    Editing
    María Silvia Esteve
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    IDFA history

    2018
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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