The Creator of Universes

The Creator of Universes

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Community Partner(s)
Mercedes Dominioni | 
Uruguay |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Sixteen-year-old Juan has a passion for creating amateur telenovelas. His partner in crime is his 97-year-old grandmother Rosa, who is fully involved in the creative process and often plays the role of the villain. Juan has Asperger syndrome and his grandmother is dealing with her own health issues, but in spite of this the pair are dedicated to their shared creations, plotting out scenes, undertaking character development, and writing (often wildly obscene) dialogue. The result, captured on Juan’s camcorder, is a luridly melodramatic world full of gonzo action and bloody vengeance.

Juan’s older sister Mercedes Dominioni affectionately captures the filmmaking duo in a warm, intimate, and deeply humourous behind-the-scenes story. In this interplay between the real and the imagined, what unfolds is a tender portrait of the unique bond between grandmother and grandson. The two play a crucial role in each other’s lives. But as Rosa’s health deteriorates, the reality of the situation becomes increasingly apparent. The Creator of Universes is a testament to how we connect through stories, and a gentle reminder of what the act of creation can offer when the ordinary and wildly imaginative combine into genuine poetry. -MS

Filmmaker

Mercedes Dominioni

Mercedes Dominioni was born in Montevideo, 1986. She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication, a Master in editing from ESCAC, and a Master in Creative Documentary from Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She has worked as an editor on different documentary projects, and currently works as editor at Vice magazine.