Valentina Maurel


Franco-Costa Rican filmmaker based in Costa Rica. She graduated in film from INSAS, the National Higher Institute of Performing Arts and Broadcasting Techniques. Her graduation film Paul Is Here (2017) received the Cinéfondation Award at Cannes, while her second short Lucia in Limbo (2019) was screened at the Cannes International Critics’ Week and the Toronto International Film Festival. I Have Electric Dreams (2022) is her feature-length debut.


Films by this director

I Have Electric Dreams

(Tengo sueños eléctricos, Belgium, France, Costa Rica, 2022)

Directed by: Valentina Maurel
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nicolas Wong Andres Diaz

Teenager Eva lives with her mother, younger sister and troublemaker cat. Her burning desire is to move in with her estranged father Martin, a professional painter, sculptor, poet, and drunkard who is going through a second adolescence. As Martin battles a mental crisis and his repressed anger, Eva clings to him, balancing between the restless sensitivity of teenage life and the ruthlessness of the adult world. Maurel’s coming-of-age drama premiered at Locarno FF where it won an impressive...

color, 100'
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