EN - Emiliana is a single mother trying to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp 4,897 metres above sea level. She lives with her children in the middle of the paradise-like mountains of Mina Argentina. But appearances are deceptive: life in the camp is fierce and alcohol-driven. Those who find tin eat; those who don’t, don’t…

NL - Emiliana is een alleenstaande moeder die probeert te overleven in een afgelegen Boliviaans mijnkamp op 4897 meter boven de zeespiegel. Ze woont er met haar kroost te midden van het paradijselijke berglandschap rond Mina Argentina. Maar schijn bedriegt: het leven in het kamp is bikkelhard. Wie tin bovenhaalt geraakt aan eten, wie er geen vindt niet. Door het buitensporige alcoholgebruik is Emiliana bovendien constant op haar hoede voor de gevaren die haar gezin omringen.

FR - Emiliana est une mère célibataire qui essaie de survivre dans un camp minier bolivien à une hauteur de 4897 mètres. Elle y vit avec ses enfants, au milieu des montagnes paradisiaques autour de Mina Argentina. Mais les apparences sont trompeuses: la vie dans le camp est féroce. Seuls ceux qui trouvent de l’étain de premier choix auront de quoi manger. S’ajoute une consommation excessive d’alcool, qui fait qu’Emiliana doit constamment se méfier des dangers qui pourraient heurter sa famille.


Title Flower of a Thousand Colours
Original title Flor de Mil Colores
Original language Spanish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Docs
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-10-18


Photography Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Editing Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Sound Bart Goossens
Music Bram Bosteels
Editor Supervisor Dieter Diependaele
Editor Supervisor David Verdurme
Sound Editor Matthias Hillegeer
Sound Mix Matthias Hillegeer
Grading Bart Verraest

Technical specs

Running time film 22'52"
Release format DCP
Other available formats ProRess 422, DVD, Blu-ray
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Dolby 5.1 Surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by ARTES by Sabam
Production partners Content is King


2016: Sundance Film Festival (US), Black Maria Film Festival (US), Festival de Cine de Lanzarote (ES), Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK), Mecal International Short Film Festival (ES), LA Film Fest (US), Future Frames - Karlovy Vary International Film Fest (CZ)

2015: Film Fest Ghent (BE)


2016: Second Jury Award - Black Maria Film Festival (US)

2015 Prize Mathilde Horlait Dapsens - KASK School of Arts (BE), Best Belgian Student Short Film - Film Fest Gent (BE)

KVIFF invites Felix van Groeningen as Future Frames Master

Director Felix van Groeningen will be this year’s Master for Future Frames, the initiative hosted by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and European Film Promotion to promote upcoming film talents. The 10 Future Frames participants – among them Flemish filmmaker Karen Vázquez Guadarrama – will be able to attend a masterclass given by van Groeningen. His latest film Belgica is part of the Official Selection at the Festival.

Felix van Groeninge (c) Hans De GreveThe director of The Broken Circle Breakdown and The Misfortunates will not only give a masterclass but will also share his wide-ranging experience in filmmaking with the young filmmakers selected for Future Frames’ second edition. During an intensive two-day programme, the 10 emerging professionals will be introduced to the media and film industry, while their short films will be presented to the festival audience.

Published on Wednesday 8 June 2016

Flower of a Thousand Colours selected for Future Frames in Karlovy Vary

The short documentary film Flower of a Thousand Colours by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama has been selected for the Future Frames programme (4-5 July) at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary. The annual initiative, in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP), shines the spotlight on 10 upcoming film talents. Flower of a Thousand Colours is the second Flemish short in a row to be selected for Future Frames.

Flower of a Thousand ColoursKaren Vázquez Guadarrama graduated from the School of Arts in Ghent with her short film Flower of a Thousand Colours which tells the story of Emiliana, a single mother trying to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp 4,897 metres above sea level.

Published on Tuesday 3 May 2016

Documentary short Flower of a Thousand Colours to Sundance

Flower of a Thousand Colours, a documentary short film by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama, has been invited to this year’s Sundance Film Festival (21-31 January). The film, which won Best Belgian Student Short at the Film Fest Ghent, will have its international premiere as part of Sundance’s short film programme.

Flower of a Thousand ColoursFlower of a Thousand Colours is an intimate portrait of the life of Emiliana, a single mother trying to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp 4,897 metres above sea level. She lives with her children in the idyllic mountains of Mina Argentina. But appearances are deceptive: life in the camp is fierce and driven by alcohol.

Published on Thursday 10 December 2015

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015

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Director Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Producers Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Writers Karen Vázquez Guadarrama

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Biezenstuk 83
9000 Ghent
T +32 486 61 69 48


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