Silvia

  • María Silvia Esteve
  • Argentina, Chile
  • 2018
  • 103 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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

IDFA history

2018
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance

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