Jorge Thielen Armand’s Auspicious Debut Feature LA SOLEDAD Will Have Its North American Premiere at the Miami Film Festival, Followed by Its Latin American Premiere at the Cartagena Film Festival
Fiction and Reality Combine in an Intimate Portrayal of Those Affected by Venezuela’s Economic Unrest
After a successful world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Jorge Thielen Armand’s debut feature La Soledad will receive its North American premiere at the 34th edition of the Miami International Film Festival, running March 3-12, competing in the HBO Ibero American Competition and the Film Festival’s Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition Film Category. The Venezuelan film will also have its Latin American premiere in the official fiction competition at the 57th edition of the Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia, running March 1-6.
In a hypnotic blend of fiction and a documentary-like style Thielen Armand looks beyond the headlines and gives a voice to those affected by contemporary Venezuela’s inner turmoil. La Soledad is the story of José, a young father who discovers that the dilapidated mansion he squats in will soon be demolished. Desperate to save his family from homelessness, José embarks on a mystical search for a cursed treasure that is rumored to be buried in the house.
Based on the filmmaker’s family and childhood home, most of the characters are played by his real friends and family members. Supported by the Biennale College program of the Venice Film Festival, Thielen Armand’s lyrical debut feature offers an poignant allegory of the reality of today’s Venezuela, which like his childhood home, seems forgotten in time and inhabited by people who have hope but who are not provided with opportunities.
“Affectionate, sometimes humorous, sometimes poetic
and ultimately devastating.”
—Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
LA SOLEDAD. Venezuela/Canada/Italy, 2016, 89 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. A production of La Faena, Alfarería Cinematográfica, and Ardimages UK. Directed and Produced by Jorge Thielen Armand. Written by Jorge Thielen Armand and Rodrigo Michelangeli; Executive Producers: Fermín Branger, Adriana Herrera, Rodrigo Michelangeli, Jorge Thielen Armand; Producers: Adriana Herrera, Rodrigo Michelangeli; Co- Producer: Manon Ardisson; Cinematography by: Rodrigo Michelangeli; Editing by: Felipe Guerrero; Production Design by: Gabriela Vilchez; Costume Design by: Marisela Marín; Wardrobe Assistant: Marisa Nuñez; Art Department: Eli Gonzalez; Sound Recordist: Mario Nazoa; Boom Operator: Alexander Gonzalez; Sound Editor: Ben Chesneau, Daniel D’Errico, Will Rosati; Sound Designer: Eli Cohn; First Assistant Camera: Rony Carvajal; Gaffer: Clever Castillo; Production Manager: Carlos Luis Bentancourt; Post Supervisor: Fermín Branger; Cast: José Dolores López, Marley Alvillares, Adrializ López, María Agamez, Jorge Roque Thielen.
About the Director: Jorge Thielen Armand is a Venezuelan director based in Toronto and Caracas. His debut feature film La Soledad had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. Jorge’s documentary Flor de la Mar won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, and was screened at over 20 international festivals around the world including Margaret Mead, Sarasota, and RIDM. Jorge holds a Communication Studies BA from Concordia University in Montreal, and is an alumnus of Venice Biennale College Program, the Hot Docs Accelerator and the RIDM Talent Lab. In 2015 he founded La Faena with Rodrigo Michelangeli.