Clara Sola

  • 102'
  • Sweden
  • 2021

40-year-old Clara is in her element among the animals and nature. However, purple tape marks where she is permitted to go on the grounds of her house, on the edge of the Costa Rican rain forest. Hunchbacked and developmentally challenged, she lives under the protective regime of her devout mother, Fresia, who views her syndrome as a sign of God’s providence, and attributes healing skills to her.

She regularly functions as the unwilling focal point of religious services, with which doña Fresia – who also has Clara’s niece Maria under her protection – augments the household’s income. A second source of money is the white mare, Yuca, which is rented to a tourist organisation. Clara’s deep connection to nature is portrayed with a hint of mystery and accompanied by a dark, dreamy score. A new animal caretaker brings out long-repressed feelings.

Director
Nathalie Álvarez
Countries of production
Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
102'
Medium
DCP
Language
Spanish
Producers
Nima Yousefi, Alan McConnell, Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan, Karina Avellan Troz, Marcelo Quesada Mena
Production Company
Hobab
Sales
Luxbox
Screenplay
Nathalie Álvarez, Nathalie Álvarez
Cinematography
Sophie Winqvist Loggins
Editor
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Production Design
Amparo Baeza, Agustin Moreaux
Sound Design
Erick Vargas Williams, Valène Leroy, Charles de Ville, Aline Gavroy
Music
Ruben De Gheselle
Cast
Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Daniel Castañeda Rincón, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Flor María Vargas Chaves
Local Distributor
Cherry Pickers