Dreams are Cruel is a fragment of the medium-length film Big Ocean of Blues (2016), the most recent work by Cristina Tovar, a Venezuelan filmmaker based in Madrid. It’s an experimental video narrated in first-person, equal parts diaristic and epistolary, oneiric and quotidian. From the abandonment to the sensory sequelae of a lost love, Tovar constructs a discourse that is crude, honest, and at the same time profoundly aesthetic, about female desire.
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Direction, camera and edition by Cristina Tovar.
Original music by DA ONE, a project by Cristina Tovar, Diego Ayala Raffalli, and Felipe Sierra.
Recorded in Madrid, Marbella, Málaga, Saint-Cloud and the Caribbean Sea.
About the artist:
Cristina Tovar Raffalli (Caracas, 1989) holds a degree in Mass Communications from Universidad Monteávila. She currently lives in Madrid, where she completed Master’s degrees in Creative Documentary and Experimental Cinema (TAI School), Screenwriting (TAI School), and Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (VIDEOLAB). Her audiovisual works include Madrid Se Apaga (experimental short film, 2014), Estrellas (documentary video-essay, 2014) and Electric Dreams (documentary video-essay, 2014). The latter work was selected for the Calanda Festival in 2014 and was part of the Nikola Tesla: Suyo es el Futuro exhibition organized by Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. As part of this exhibition, Electric Dreams was also screened at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, the Center for the Arts of Monterrey, the National Center for the Arts of Mexico City, the Labyrinth Museum of Sciences and Arts of San Luis Potosí, the Amate Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, and the Telefónica Foundation in Bogotá.