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Valentina Maurel

Tengo sueños eléctricos (I Have Electric Dreams)

100' - 2022 - Drama, Youth / Coming-Of-Age - Dialogue: Spanish
Director: Valentina Maurel With: Daniela Marín Navarro, Reinaldo Amien Gutiérrez, Vivian Rodríguez Barquero, Sarah Lefèvre
Director-screenwirter Valentina Maurel makes her debut with the feverish Tengo sueños eléctricos, in which a daughter and father can only cry out their fierce love for each other. The film won the prizes for best actor, actress and direction at the film festival of Locarno.
Eva can't stand it when her mother wants to renovate the house and get rid of the cat, which, disoriented since the divorce, pees everywhere. Eva wants to go live with her father, who, disoriented like the cat, is going through a second adolescence. But like someone who crosses an ocean of adults without knowing how to swim, Eva has to face the rage that gnaws at her father. And now it's going through her, too.
“The loving but (very) stormy relationship between a bohemian artist and his 16-year-old daughter is the crux of I Have Electric Dreams, the tough, sensual, spiky feature-length debut by Costa Rican writer-director Valentina Maurel. Premiering in the main competition at Locarno, it quite remarkably won more prizes than all its rivals combined: best director for Maurel, plus the acting awards for co-leads Daniela Marin Navarro and Reinaldo Amien Gutierrez. (…) Marin Navarro and Amien Gutierrez are always entirely convincing, both in terms of their solo characterisations and their interactions as daughter and father.” - Screen Daily

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Valentina Maurel


Daniela Marín Navarro, Reinaldo Amien Gutiérrez, Vivian Rodríguez Barquero, Sarah Lefèvre


Valentina Maurel

Director of Photography

Nicolás Wong Díaz


Bertrand Conard


Benoît Roland, Grégoire Debailly

Production studios

Wrong Men, Geko Films



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Countries of production

Costa Rica, Belgium, France




Valentina Maurel
Les prénoms (short, 2013), Perfect Hotel (short, 2015), Paul is here (short, 2016), Tengo sueños eléctricos (2022)

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