VERDE

Directed by
Victoria Rivera

On a hot Colombian Summer's day the relationship of two sisters begins to change.

Director Victoria Rivera tells us how "Verde aims to give an honest and intimate look into seemingly small -but never insignificant- moments in our childhood, ones that come to shape us. We often look at Firsts. First kiss, first love, first broken heart... But the 'lasts' are left to fade in our memory. I wanted to tell the story of the last time two sisters took a shower, and how that came to be. After all, these are the small ways in which we learn to be our own selves. "

The plot follows, that until this day Emilia and Martina have always been inseparable but now Emilia notices her sister's attention drifting away to other things, more specifically, boys. Left to her own devices Emilia wanders off and is soon privy to a private moment: her sister’s first kiss. As the day fades and the sisters share a bath, it dawns on us that this will be the last bath they may ever share; growing up sometimes means growing apart.

For Rivera the story's intimacy lay in the detail, "It was important for me that the film feels like sense memory; vivid in sounds, sight and touch. Like sticking a finger in jelly or wet summer hair clinging to a t-shirt. When we are kids these senses are everything. We overthink less and explore more.

The script was originally written by American-Iranian writer Neda Jebelli, who set the film in Tehran, where she spent her childhood years. Rivera comments on the two filmmakers surprisingly similar accounts of childhood nostalgia, "I was amazed to find that my own childhood, despite cultural and geographical differences, felt exactly like hers. We worked together in adapting the script to take place in Colombia and hope to have told a universal story that feels personal to anyone who might have experienced a moment like this as they came of age. "


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