I Have Electric Dreams

Tengo sueños eléctricos

Director: Valentina Maurel
Country: Costa Rica, Belgium, France

German Premiere
2022 | 100 min. | Spanish
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Daniela Marín Navarro, Reinaldo Amien Gutiérrez, Vivian Rodríguez, José Pablo Segreda Johanning Screenplay_ Valentina Maurel Camera_ Nicolás Wong Díaz Producer_ Benoit Roland, Grégoire Debailly Rights_ Heretic

They loved each other, they beat each other – this dense Costa Rican drama portrays a fascinating and conflicted daughter-father relationship. Winner of three prizes at the Locarno Film Festival.

The mother builds, renovates, creates order. The father is unstable, tends towards destruction. Nevertheless, it’s him the 16-year-old Eva feels drawn to after her parents’ divorce. She tags along as he looks for an apartment and attends alcohol-fueled poetry workshops. They smoke together. While Eva struggles with growing up, the father wrestles with his own helplessness, which repeatedly erupts in violence. The two recognize and accept each other.

The relationship is mirrored by the film itself: an electrically charged balancing act between affection and anger, between the need for fatherly love and an awakening, confused, and impulsive sexuality. A constantly surprising debut whose universal story gets under the viewer’s skin.


Valentina Maurel is a Belgian-Costa Rican director and screenwriter. Her short films ›Paul est là‹ and ›Lucia en el limbo‹ screened at Cannes. ›I Have Electric Dreams‹, her debut feature, won the awards for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor at Locarno.


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