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Clara Sola

Original Name: Clara Sola
English Name: Clara Sola
Year: 2021
Run Time: 106 Min
Language: Spanish
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany
Director: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Producer: Nima Yousefi, Alan McConnell, Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan, Karina Avellan Troz, Marcelo Quesada Mena
Cast: Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Daniel Castañeda Rincón, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Flor María Vargas Chaves
Screenplay: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, Maria Camila Arias
Cinematographer: Sophie Winqvist Loggins
Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound Designer: Erick Vargas Williams, Valène Leroy, Charles De Ville, Aline Gavroy
Music Composer: Ruben De Gheselle
Costume Designer: Patricia Alvarado Hurtado
Production Designer: Agustin Moreaux, Amparo Baeza
Production Company: Hobab
World Sales: Luxbox
World Sales Phone: + 33 171.37.99.34
World Sales Email: info@luxboxfilms.com

Festivals:

  • Cannes FF 2021
  • IFF Rotterdam 2022
  • BFI London FF 2021
  • Thessaloniki IFF 2021
  • Palm Springs IFF 2022
  • IFF India 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Molt
  • 2018 Shelter
  • 2016 Letting Go
  • 2015 Asunder
  • 2015 Filip
  • 2011 Not Blue

Director’s Biography:

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a Costa Rican-Swedish screenwriter/director. She started her career in physical theatre in Costa Rica before pursuing her B.F.A. degree in Mime Acting at the Stockholm University of the Arts in Sweden. Nathalie later graduated from Columbia University's Graduate Film Program in NYC with an M.F.A. in Film Directing/Screenwriting. An alumna of the Berlinale Talents, TIFF Filmmaker Lab, and NYFF Artist Academy, Her short, Filip, won Best Film Under 15 Minutes at the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, and Asunder, screened at the 2016 Telluride FF. She also co-wrote Entre Tú y Milagros, winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Short in the Venice FF 2020.

Synopsis:

Clara, 40, is believed to have a special connection to God. As a "healer", she sustains a family and a village in need of hope, while she finds solace in her relationship with the natural world. After years of being controlled by her mother’s repressive care, Clara’s sexual desires are stirred by her attraction to her niece’s new boyfriend. This newly awakened force takes Clara to unexplored territory, allowing her to cross boundaries, both physical and mystical. Empowered by her self-discovery, Clara gradually frees herself from her role as “saint” and begins to heal herself.