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"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." - Neil Young, Screen International

Costa Rican director Valentina Maurel’s debut is a vivid and emotionally supercharged family drama with lived in performances by a terrific cast. Eva is a strong-willed, restless 16-year-old girl whose parents are separated. She wants to move in with her estranged father, a poet who is in the throws of a turbulent midlife crisis and is living more like a teenager than his daughter is. Here Eva learns important lessons about adult life, responsibility and sexuality, using this newfound experience as a strong foundation for her own independence.

Leeds New Directors Competition

I Have Electric Dreams is screening as part of the Leeds New Director's Competition, with UK Premieres of eight features from first or second-time filmmakers. The eight features are screening from 11 to 13 November and you can find more information on this link.