October 19th, 2018

LA SOLEDAD + Q&A

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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RINCON SAPIÊNCIA

Rapper Rincon Sapiência is the new big thing to hit the Brazilian music scene. With originality, his songs are marked by influences of African, Brazilian, Jamaican, electronic and rock elements and address racial and social issues in the context of the metropolis.

His rap reveals a mood of positivity, without prejudice to the critical posture of the speech – a result of his hunger for rhyme which is beautifully aligned with his ability to play with words. His critical identity and original style are also present in his music videos “Elegância”, “Transporte Público”, “Profissão Perigo”, “Coisas de Brasil”, “Linhas de Soco”, “A Coisa Tá Preta” and his last single “Ponta de Lança (Verso Livre)”. Released in December 2016, the tune quickly attracted attention from the public and from the media, standing out among viral on digital platforms and reaching more than 4 million Youtube views. His album “Galanga Livre” is ready to be released later this year.

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