Tue 16.11
21:00 - 22:48
Vika 1
Thu 18.11
20:45 - 22:33
Vega 3
Fri 19.11
20:45 - 22:33
Vika 3
Sat 20.11
20:45 - 22:33
Vika 2

40-year-old virgin Clara lives in picturesque surroundings in a Costa Rican mountain village, with her overprotective mother and a niece. On account of her distinctive manner and her allegedly healing hands, the local community see Clara as an incarnation of the Blessed Virgin. Thanks to enthusiastic marketing from her mother, more and more people come to visit them hoping for help and blessings. When this enforced existence finally collides with a sexual awakening and yearning for independence and freedom, Clara begins to fight a battle for her own liberation.

Debut feature director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén uses magical realism and natural mysticism to draw her portrait of a woman struggling to be free of her extremely controlling mother. This is done by way of atmosphere and dramaturgy which tingle with the strong, unfulfilled powers of the protagonist. First-time actor Wendy Chinchilla Araya delivers an electrifying interpretation of Clara, completing a grippingly beautiful cinematic whole.

Clara Sola had its world premiere as part of the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, to rave reviews.

“Spellbinding.” – Variety

Lasse Skagen


Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a Swedish-Costa Rican director. She originally worked with physical theatre and earned her Master's Degree in Mime Acting from the University of Stockholm. Álvarez Mesén has made several short films, including not Blue (2011). Clara Sola (2021) is her first feature-length film.

This film is part of

New Voices

Country Costa Rica, Sweden

Year 2021

Director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Screenplay Maria Camila Arias, Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Cinematography Sophie Winqvist

Producer Anne-Laure Guégan, Alan McConnell, Marcelo Queseda, Géraldine Sprimont, Karina Avellán Troz, Nima Yousefi

Cast Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Daniel Castañeda Rincón, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Flor María Vargas Chavez

Production Company Hobab, Laïdak Films, Need Productions, Pacífica Grey, Resolve Media

Distribution Luxbox

Runtime 1h 48m

Language Spanish

Subtitles English

Genre Drama

Format DCP

Age limit 15

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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