la soledad (desolation)

When the owners abandon La Soledad, a decaying mansion, they let their former maid Rosina stay there, and her family moves in. They’re all struggling in Venezuela’s economic crisis, and the owners decide to demolish the house and sell the land — leaving the ailing Rosina and her grandson Jose’s family destitute if he can’t find a solution. The story is re-enacted by the real-life participants: José is Thielen’s boyhood friend. La Soledad is best translated “desolation” here, and its collapse becomes a metaphor for the lost grandeur and wealth of Venezuela.



la soledad (desolation) (2016)




Spanish, with English subtitles




Jorge Thielen Armand

Jorge Thielen Armand

Jorge Thielen Armand

Jorge Thielen Armand is a Venezuelan director based in Toronto and Caracas. His debut feature film La Soledad (2016) had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and has since received the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 34th Miami IFF, and the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Atlanta IFF. La Soledad was also screened at BAFICI, Cartagena, Istanbul, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.  His documentary Flor de la  Mar (2015) won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, and was screened at over 20 festivals around the world. Armand did communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal, and is an alumnus of the Venice Biennale College, Hot Docs Accelerator, RIDM Talent Lab, Doc Institute’s Breakthrough Program, and Buenos Aires Lab (BAL). In 2015, with Rodrigo Michelangeli, he founded La Faena, a production company dedicated to art-house films. They are currently developing Armand’s second feature, which won the ARTE France Cinéma International Prix at BAL 2017.

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