CLARA SOLA
Narrative Feature | 106 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2021
on 10/10/2021
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Directed by
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Produced by
Nima Yousefi
Alan McConnell
Géraldine Sprimont
Anne-Laure Guégan
Karina Avellán Troz
Marcelo Quesada Mena

Written by
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Maria Camila Arias

Featuring
Wendy Chinchilla Araya
Daniel Castañeda Rincón
Ana Julia Porras Espinoza
Flor María Vargas Chaves


New York Premiere

2021 | Spanish | Costa Rica/Sweden/Belgium/Germany

HIFF alum Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s debut feature is the riveting tale of Clara (played by the wonderful Wendy Chinchilla Araya, in her first role), who is believed to have special powers 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 repressive background and begins to heal.