By María Silvia ESTEVE


Documentary - Completed 2018

A poetic family chronicle in which a diplomat’s daughter and her sisters try to come to grips with the tragic life of their mother.

& Awards

Habana Film Festival 2017
Post Production Coral Award
Doclisboa arché 2017
Walla Collective Award for Best Project
FIDBA doclab wip 2017
Best Argentinian Project
BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2017
DocMontevideo 2018
Rough Cut Lab
Femcine 2018
Winning Project
IDFA 2018
First Appearance Competition
Seminci - Valladolid IFF 2019
Time of History
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Drama, Biography
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 103 mn
    • Director(s)
    • María Silvia ESTEVE
    • Producer(s)
    • María Silvia ESTEVE (HANA FILMS), Gonzalo MORENO (HANA FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Silvia looks dazzling in the old VHS footage of her wedding in the early 1980s—she’s a beautiful woman about to embark on a promising future with a diplomat husband. The home videos that follow show more highlights from her life: her first wedding anniversary, her daughters growing up, and the farewell party at the embassy.
      Meanwhile, the audio commentary offers a very different reality. The film’s director María Silvia Esteve is the middle sister of Silvia’s daughters, and she and her siblings talk about their parents’ gradual descent into a spiral of angry clashes, psychological problems and prescription drugs. By recounting events from their childhood, they try to get a handle on what went wrong in their family. And they wonder why their mother, with whom they had a very close relationship, never managed to improve the situation or leave their father.
      Esteve uses VHS footage in an original way, combining it with cut­up quotes, excerpts from her mother’s favorite film, and classical music to construct a poetic family chronicle about memory, powerlessness and keeping up appearances.