Screened as part of NZIFF 2019

Florianópolis Dream 2018

Sueño Florianópolis

Directed by Ana Katz World

Argentinian actor-turned-director Ana Katz helms this Brazilian family holiday comedy that strikes deeper chords in its exploration of independence, marriage and aging, at a beach paradise.

Argentina / Brazil / France In Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles
107 minutes DCP




Nicolás Avruj
Diego Lerman
Camila Groch
Beto Gauss
Ana Katz
Francesco Civita


Daniel Katz
Ana Katz


Gustavo Biazzi


Andrés Tambornino

Production designer

Gonzalo Delgado

Costume designers

Sandra Fink
Diogo Costa


Maximiliano Silveira
Érico Theobaldo
Beto Villares
Arthur de Faria


Mercedes Morán (Lucrecia)
Gustavo Garzón (Pedro)
Andréa Beltrão (Larisa)
Marco Ricca (Marco)
Manuela Martinez (Flor)
Joaquín Garzón (Julián)
Caio Horowicz (César)


Toronto, London 2018


Set in the 1990s in Florianópolis, a famed holiday destination in southern Brazil, Ana Katz’s film is awash with glorious summer light, subtropical greens and white gold sand. Enter a chaotic Argentinian family of four in a clapped-out car that immediately runs out of petrol. The disorganisation, much of it stemming from skinflintery, continues. The family finds a beach bungalow thanks to Marco, a friendly local guy-on-the-make who spends much of the film in a tank top and Speedos.

As on many a family holiday, while relaxation and quality time are ostensibly the name of the game, rivers of tension run deep. Lucrecia and Pedro are recently separated, nostalgic psychoanalysts with restless teenage kids. Everyone is searching for a sense of independence. They talk it out, joyfully chase each other with flapping fish, and ride on a giant inflatable sausage-like raft. Featuring romantic dalliances and excellent beach wear (glimpses of mesh, broad zippers!), Florianópolis Dream is a gentle exploration of the way families come together and push apart, with deceptively simple observations that illuminate the female experience – experiences that actor-turned-director Katz has a sharp, unerring sense for.

Correction: the runtime for Florianópolis Dream was published in the Auckland Festival booklet as 93 minutes. The correct runtime is 107 minutes. If this change affects your arrival time at an NZIFF film session directly following a screening of Florianópolis Dream, please contact Ticketmaster on 09 970 9700. Runtimes advertised in our print programmes are correct at the time of printing.