Clara, 40, is believed to have a special connection to God. As a "healer", she sustains a family and a village in need of hope, while she finds solace in her relationship with the natural world. After years of being controlled by her mother’s repressive care, Clara’s sexual desires are stirred by her attraction to her niece’s new boyfriend. This newly awakened force takes Clara to unexplored territory, allowing her to cross boundaries, both physical and mystical. Empowered by her self-discovery, Clara gradually frees herself from her role as “saint” and begins to heal herself.

Original Title Clara Sola
German Title Clara Sola
French Title Clara Sola
Other Titles Clara Sola
Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Country Costa Rica
Available Formats
Screenplay Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, Maria Camila Arias
Film Editing Marie-Hélène Dozo
Soundtrack Ruben De Gheselle
Cinematography Sophie Winqvist Loggins
Sound Erick Vargas Williams, Valène Leroy, Charles De Ville, Aline Gavroy
Décors Amparo Baeza
Costumes Patricia Alvarado Hurtado
Production Nima Yousefi
Runtime 108 Min.
Language Spanisch
Wendy Chinchilla Araya Clara
Daniel Castañeda Rincón
Ana Julia Porras Espinoza
Flor María Vargas Chaves

Cannes Film Festival

Ghent International Film Festival
Georges Delerue Prize, Best Music

Nashville Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize

Reykjavik International Film Festival
Young people's Jury Prize

Haifa International Film Festival

Stockholm Film Festival

«What gives the film a force that balances out the delicacy is a commanding, charismatic lead by Wendy Chinchilla Araya, best known as a dancer, whose highly physical presence in turn evokes Clara’s sensitivity, isolation, vulnerability, fury and – despite the pressure to keep it hidden – powerful sexuality. It is her performance that, come the denoument, finally makes Clara Sola a defiant challenge to prejudice and repression.» Screen International


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