10/23/2017.- On Monday the Valencian director Giovanna Ribes presented her second feature film, La Familia (Dementia) [The Family: Dementia], part of the Spanish Cinema section. In a discussion after the screening, the director indicated that it is a film “between madness and sanity,” which addresses the theme of caring for elderly family members.
The film depicts the story of an elderly man with dementia, named Roger, who refuses to enter an assisted living facility, given his free spirit. His grandson decides to welcome Roger into his student apartment when he sees that neither his aunt nor his father can take care of their father.
Ribes invites the viewer to think about “what we do with our elders,” especially concerning those who suffer from mild dementia. “It should be integrated with normality in the family structure and in society,” she added.
The film, shot in black and white, uses the natural landscapes of the Valencian region as a stage, and the Valencian language as the thread, for a social debate on caring for the elderly.