Clara Sola

A film by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén




June 10, 2022 at 6pm, AFS Cinema



Costa Rica, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, France, United States, 2021
Drama, Family, Sexual Awakening, Mysticism, Rural Life
106 min, Color
Spanish, English subtitles

In a remote village in Costa Rica, forty-year-old Clara endures a repressively religious and withdrawn life under the command of her mother. Her uncanny affinity for creatures large and small allows Clara to find solace in the natural world around her. Tension builds within the family as Clara’s younger niece approaches her quinciañera, igniting a sexual and mystical awakening in Clara, and a journey to free herself from the conventions that have dominated her life.

Regional Premiere


Director’s Bio

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a Costa Rican-Swedish screenwriter/director. She started her career in physical theater in Costa Rica before pursuing her B.F.A. degree in Mime Acting at the Stockholm University of the Arts in Sweden. Nathalie later graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program in NYC with an M.F.A. in Film Directing/Screenwriting.



Producer: Anne-Laure Guégan, Alan McConnell, Marcelo Quesada, Géraldine Sprimont, Karina Avellán Troz, Nima Yousefi
Production Companies: Hobab and Laïdak Films, Need Productions, Pacífica Grey, Resolve Media, Film Capital Stockholm
Screenwriter: Maria Camila Arias, Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Cinematographer: Sophie Winqvist
Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo, Natalia Solórzano
Sound Design: Charles de Ville
Music: Ruben De Gheselle
Principle cast: Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Flor María Vargas Chavez, Daniel Castañeda Rincón


Print Source: Cameron Swanagon,