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clara sola

March 3, 2024

Moderator: Stéphane Bédèrer

Panelists: Toni Perrine (Film) and Ilsy Montalvo (Culture)

Director: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Year: 2021

Country: Costa Rica

In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life.

Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

Guldbagge Awards

Magritte Awards

International Film Festival of Kerala

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"There might be no better time... to mainline a story about a repressed woman pushing at restrictions in her culturally conservative world, which Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s “Clara Sola” offers up with a forestful of divine energy, artistry, and mystery."

-- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"Led by a feral performance from dancer Wendy Chinchilla Araya, the drama occupies its own territory, tinged with magical realism and deeply immersed in the sensory world."

-- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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