Venezuela: a metaphor alive
A real, intimate and reflective Venezuelan history that offers a glimpse into the current situation of the country.
In the midst of a constant struggle to survive the chaos of Caracas, 'Jose' discovers that the decrepit mansion that inhabits soon will be demolished. Decided to go ahead and hope for the love of his family, embark on a mystical quest to find some golden morocots that, according to the legend of his grandparents, are buried in the house.
True to the reality of their characters, the protagonists of La Soledad act as themselves in a plot that refers to their daily lives. Out of the focus of the lens and lights, in real life, that is his home and live a drama very similar to the one raised in the film, part of the experimental and unconventional film approach that decided to apply Thielen in his debut on the big screen, A hybrid and different cinema.
"I evoked situations that were directly related to the reality of my characters. So I captured naturalistic performances and another kind of truth. It has to do with giving a vision of the current situation of the country, people who are struggling to get ahead, "says the director.
According to the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation (Fefarven), the shortage of basic drugs reached 85 percent last year and dozens of pharmacies have closed because of the lack of supplies.
The shortage of food has also reached dire proportions. After José's young daughter asks if she could have milk in her dry cereal one day, we see him stand in line before sunrise and wait for a carton of the precious liquid until the middle of the afternoon.
Human Rights Watch and other advocacy groups have documented Venezuelans standing several hours a day outside supermarkets. By the time they get in, they find most shelves empty.
The 27-year-old filmed "La Soledad" a year ago. "Things have gotten so much worse since then," he said. "You see people rummaging through garbage for food all the time."
Between the nostalgia of the past, the crisis of the present and the uncertainty of the future, this story is crossed, contrasted in the documentary genre and fiction, with an audiovisual language as warm and direct as artistic.
The script was co-written in Canada by Jorge Thielen and Rodrigo Michelangeli, developed in the training workshops given by international experts and tutors of the Biennale College in Italy. The film was filmed in Caracas, with an edition made in Argentina and coloring in New York, a production of La Faena Films and Pottery Cinematographic, in co-production with Ardimages UK.