THE SOLITUDE (LA SOLEDAD) + Q&A
Dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, Venezuela/ Canada/ Italy 2016, 89 mins
A poetic evocation of a decaying world.
Combining sharp social critique with the offbeat poetry of magical realism, La Soledad offers an engaging portrait of the effects of economic catastrophe on individuals’ lives.
Director Jorge Thielen Armand’s debut feature, this film sees him return to La Soldedad: a house in Venezuela once inhabited by his great-grandparents and now threatened with demolition. The house is dilapidated: antique portraits hang from crumbling walls; garden weeds force their way through the cracks. Yet, in the midst of Venezuela’s economic and political crisis, it has become a sanctuary for those who live there.
La Soledad not only offers a lyrical evocation of a decaying world but also opens up new possibilities for documentary cinema.
Q&A with director Jorge Thielen Armand will be hosted by Nico Marzano, ICA Film Programmer and FoR Curator.