I Have Electric Dreams

CIFF Streams

April 2, 2023 - April 9, 2023

directed by
Valentina Maurel
Original Title
Tengo sueños eléctricos
Belgium, France, Costa Rica
English, Spanish
closed captions
audio description
english subtitles
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Winner of Best Film at the 2022 Ghent International Film Festival, this coming-of-age drama follows young 16-year-old Costa Rican Eva as she gets back in touch with her estranged, unstable father, and learns how hard it is to take care of your elders while coming into your own messy adulthood. —M.G.

Eva is angry about her parent’s divorce. And although the reason for the failed marriage lies mostly in her father’s destabilizing mood swings, Eva takes a lot of her anger out on her mother. Restless and discontent while living with her mom and sister, Eva tries to move in with her father, preferring his avant-garde lifestyle to the white walls of her mother’s house. But entering her father’s world may prove to be too much for 16-year-old Eva, whose bark is bigger than her bite. Heavier than your average coming-of-age story, I HAVE ELECTRIC DREAMS captures the complexities of family relationships, sexual awakenings, and inherited rage. —G.S. 

Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Latinx & Hispanic Cinema
CIFF47 Streams
New Direction Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing By a Woman