Scene from the film The Creator of Universes
Scene from the film The Creator of Universes
Scene from the film The Creator of Universes
Scene from the film The Creator of Universes
Scene from the film The Creator of Universes

The Creator of Universes

  • Uruguay
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Selected by Selena Crammond, Director of Programming, DOXA, Vancouver, for Recommended By...Festivals, a partnership with 11 film festivals from across both North and South America. With this collaboration we chart a course all along the map of the Americas as well as through the contemporary documentary scene.

"Winner of Best Feature Documentary at our 2018 Festival, Dominioni captures the relationship between her teenage brother and their 97-year-old grandmother as they spend their days making amateur shoot-em-up telenovelas. Imbued with humour and playfulness, we were drawn to the film for its poetic sensibilities as it gently reminds us of what the act of creation can offer when the ordinary is met with wild imagination." - Selina Crammond

Unlike most teenagers, Juan’s idea of fun is creating soap-operas together with his frail 96-year-old grandmother, Rosa.
Juan is a 16-years-old with Asperger and an awful lot of melodramatic stories ready to be written and directed. Give him a camera and a few props and he will turn the living room into the set of “Juan the Slave”, a mini soap about a kid being abducted from his mother. Juan shares his directing ambitions with Rosa, his most important lead actress, co-editor, writer and partner in crime. As Juan’s sister, Mercedes Dominioni offers us an insider’s look on how filmmaking allows them to share new experiences despite the eight decades that separate them and how the fictions they set up can help quell the anxiety of growing up as well as that of aging. The Creator of Universes is an intimate family portrait and a tender reflection on intergenerational care.

In cooperation with

  • DOXA


  • Original title
    El creador de universos
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mercedes Dominioni
  • DOP
    Mercedes Dominioni
  • Editing
    Mercedes Dominioni, Martin Solà, Lorena Moriconi
  • Music
    Alvaro Riet, Juan Eiraldi
  • Sound
    Hamid E. Martín, Ander Agudo
  • Duration
    79 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Uruguay
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • IDFA 2017
    • DocMontevideo 2018
    • DocLisboa 2018
    • São Paulo IFF (2018)
  • Awards
    • Best Feature Documentary DOXA Film Festival, Vancouver 2018
    • Jury Special Mention at DOCSMX 2018, Mexico City is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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