A Gaviria Double: The Calm After the Storm + The Rose Seller

Filmmaker Mercedes Gaviria in person!

In the cult classic The Rose Seller (1998), Colombian filmmaker-poet Victor Gaviria poignantly updates Hans Christian Andersen to the streets of Medellín. In The Calm After the Storm (2020), his daughter Mercedes keeps a private diary expanding on familial conflicts to question the place of women in the film world.

Presented by RoxCine in collaboration with Cine+Mas 15 San Francisco Latino Film Festival and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. See both for $19 or either for $15. Free or discounted for members.

A film by Mercedes Gaviria
The Calm After the Storm (2020) 4:10 PM
Followed by Q&A w/ Mercedes Gaviria moderated by filmmaker/artist Claudia Escobar

After studying abroad, Mercedes returns to Colombia to work on the next film by her father, the famous Víctor Gaviria (The Rose Seller / La Vendedora de Rosas). Fluctuating between admiration and reproach, Mercedes constructs a private diary that goes beyond familial conflicts to question the place of women in the film world. “A bright example of these new [Latin American] gazes, which aim to renew and rebuild new paths in Latin American filmmaking, and break away from ideologies rooted in past generations, by exposing and questioning them.” – Ivonne Sheen, DesistFilm

A film by Víctor Gaviria
The Rose Seller (1998) 6:25 PM
Introduced by Mercedes Gaviria

Directed by the iconic Colombian poet and filmmaker Víctor Gaviria, The Rose Seller is a poignant portrayal of life in the streets of Medellín, Colombia. Its premiere was an event that captured the attention of the entire country and has since become a cult film. 13 year-old Mónica and her friends live on the streets of Medellín, Colombia, surviving by selling roses to couples in nightclubs and sniffing glue to escape their desperation and loneliness. Set in the two days before Christmas, the film is a modernization of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl, starring a non-professional cast of Medellín street children.

Special thanks to Cinema Tropical.

4h 7m
Mercedes Gaviria & Victor Gaviria
In Spanish with English subtitles
First Showing
October 1, 2023