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.
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a Costa Rican-Swedish screenwriter/director. She started her career in physical theater in Costa Rica. She graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program in NYC with an M.F.A. in Film Directing/Screenwriting.
Her short, Filip, won Best Film Under 15 Minutes at the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, and Asunder, screened at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival. She also co-wrote “Entre Tú y Milagros”, winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Short in the Venice Film Festival 2020.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Audience Award, Charlotte Film Festival 2021
Best Film; Best Direction; Best Screenplay, Guldbagge Awards 2022
Best Debut Director, Kerala International Film Festival 2022
Cannes Film Festival 2021
Cleveland International Film Festival 2022
Denver International Film Festival 2021
CLARA SOLA (fic.)
Director: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Country: Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany, France, United States
Cast: Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Daniel Castañeda Rincón
Production: Hobab, Laïdak Films, Need Productions
PROGRAMME: FIRST TWO STEPS