Spanish production and distribution company Elamedia has acquired “Tengo sueños eléctricos” (I Have Electric Dreams), director Valentina Maurel’s Locarno award-winning debut, which will be screened in the Horizontes Latinos section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Elamedia will release the film in Spanish theaters later this year.
Set in Costa Rica, “Electric Dreams” follows Eva (Daniela Marin Navarro), a quirky 16-year-old girl who lives with her mother, younger sister and their cat, but desperately wants to move in with her estranged father (Reinaldo Amien Guttierez). ). She clings to him as he goes through a second adolescence, balancing between the tenderness and sensitivity of teenage life and the ruthlessness of the adult world.
Produced by Wrong Men (Belgium) and Geko Films (France) and co-produced with Tres Tigres (Costa Rica), the film had its world premiere in the international competition in Locarno, where Maurel won the prize for best director and claimed both Navarro and Guttierez the highest acting awards. The film will be screened internationally by Heretic.
“‘Tengo sueños eléctricos’ (I Have Electric Dreams) captivated us from the moment we heard about it, after the amazing passage through Locarno,” said Elamedia Estudios CEO Roberto Butragueño. “When we saw it, we fell in love with the movie…[which is] true to our line of quality cinema. We are committed to films that have something special, and we believe that Valentina Maurel’s film has all the ingredients to delight audiences.”
Elamedia Estudios has produced and distributed films including the romantic drama “That Was Life” by David Martin de los Santos, a road movie with Petra Martínez nominated for two Goya Awards, “Ninjababy” by Yngvild Sve Flikke, a European winner Film Academy Award for Best Comedy, and Carlos Vermut’s “Manticore,” which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Other titles on the Heretic list include director Marian Mathias’ “Runner,” which had its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section, Michael Borodin’s “Convenience Store,” which bowed this year’s Panorama strand at the Toronto Film Festival. Berlin, and “Working Class Heroes”, by Milos Pusic, featuring Jasna Đuričić, winner of the European Film Academy prize (“(Quo Vadis, Aida?”) and also premiered in Panorama. The company also voices Radu Jude’s winner from Berlin’s 2021 Golden Bear “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn,”‘ and Omar El Zohairy’s ‘Feathers,’ which took top prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week last year.