LA SOLEDAD + Q&A

When:18 Aug, 8:30pm
Where:ICA
The Mall
SW1Y 5AH
Tube: Charring Cross
020 7930 3647
www.ica.art
Cost:From £7

Jorge Thielen Armand’s directorial debut is a vivid and intimate account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggles of a young father trying to save his family from homelessness.

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 Soledad, 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 and 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.


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