Nivia, a woman of 90, comes up against an unexpected change of circumstances. She has lived with her daughter Alicia for decades but now, after years of widowhood, Alicia finds a new husband and she naturally wants to move in with him. Nivia is opposed to this relationship and she accuses her daughter of abandoning her. The two women enter into a serious and revealing conflict in which the daughter’s pursuit of new love comes up against the mother’s fear of growing old alone. The director, who is Nivia’s grandson and Alicia’s son, succeeds in remaining on the sidelines and capturing the inevitable pain of separation in a very subtle way, almost as if the story were fiction.
Director: Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe / Producer: Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe, Carolina Campo Lupo, Javier Palleiro, Guillermo Rocamora / Cinematography: Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe / Edition: Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe, Guillermo Rocamora / Main characters: Nivia Quintana, Alicia Hoppe
Country: Uruguay / Year: 2012 / Duration: 75' / Format: HDAwards and festivals:
Las flores de mi familia won the WIP Prize in 2010 and support from FONA 2007 and from Montevideo Socio Audiovisual 2010. It was shown at the 16th Santiago de Chile International Documentary Festival (Fidocs 2012), where it was awarded as Best Latinamerican Film, the 14th Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI 2012) and at the “Primera copia” Latin American Selection at the Havana Festival (Cuba, 2010).