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.

For her graduation film, Karen Vázquez Guadarrama travelled to Bolivia where she did two months of research before meeting Emiliana, then followed her for the next five months. Flower of a Thousand Colours is one of the 72 short films selected for Sundance this year and is in the running for the Jury Prize for Best Non-Fiction Short. In its home country, the film has already won the prize for Best Belgian Student Short at the Film Fest Ghent and was also awarded a Wildcard by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

In addition to Flower of a Thousand Colours, Sundance’s shorts line-up also includes Waves ’98 by Ely Dagher, a Lebanese director who lives in Brussels. Waves ’98 won the Palme d’Or for Best Short in Cannes this year. Finally, there is also Figura by Katarzyna Gondek, a Polish/Belgian short co-produced by Ben Vandendaele, whose Radiator IP Sales represents the film internationally.

Including Flower of a Thousand Colours, the Sundance programme boasts a record number of three films from Flanders this year. Pieter-Jan De Pue’s hybrid debut feature The Land of the Enlightened is part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition, while Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica opens the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Belgica and The Land of the Enlightened received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Belgica was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Thursday 10 December 2015

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