106 min | Spanish | Feature Fiction Drama | Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

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.


Cannes International Film FestivalDirectors’ Fortnight


Winner of 5 Swedish academy awards (Guldbaggen) Best film, Best director, best screenplay, best sound & best Cinematography


Festival de cine de Lima –  Competition – Best Film, Best Actress, Best photography


BFI London Film Festival


Nominated for Nordic Council Film Award


Haugesund International Film Festival – Nordic Focus Section


Pelicula – Competition – Best Film


Haifa International Film Festival


Reykjavik International Film Festival – New Visions Competition



Guadalajara International Film FestivalIbero Americana Competition




Film Fest GentCompetition


El Gouna Film FestivalFeature Narrative Competition


Cinemaissi – Latin American Film Festival Helsinki Opening Film / New Voices


Gangneung International Film FestivalInternational Narrative Feature


Seminci Valladolid IFFOfficial Competition


Cine Por MujeresInternational Competition


Mostra de Sao PaoloNew Directors Competition – Best Fiction Film Award, Best Actress, BRA.DA Award


Thessaloniki International Film Festival – International Competition – Special Jury Award

Days of European Film – Winner Best Debut Film


Music & Cinema International film FestivalWinner Best Original Score


Palm Springs International Film Festival


Festival de Cine Global


Goteborg Film Festival – Visionaries


Pune International Film Festival – World Competition & Best International Film




Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias


Kerala International Film Festival – International Competition


Cine Latino – Official Selection


Álvarez Mesén… steps into feature filmmaking with assurance. In its intimate universe of the churchly and the pagan, Clara Sola conjures a memorably earthbound abracadabra

The Hollywood Reporter

“First-time feature helmer Mesén leaves this and more open to debate in an atmospheric film that blends magical realism with psycho-sexual drama.”


Wendy Chinchilla Araya is a standout in this intense Costa Rican feature playing in Directors Fortnight. A defiant challenge to prejudice and repression.

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Wendy Chinchilla Araya

Daniel Castañeda Rincón

Ana Julia Porras Espinoza

Flor María Vargas Chaves


Nathalie Álvarez Mesén


Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Maria Camila Arias

Produced by

Nima Yousefi


Alan McConnell

Géraldine Sprimont

Anne-Laure Guégan

Karina Avellan Troz

Marcelo Quesada Mena

Executive producer

Peter Krupenin


Lisa Widén, Beata Mannheimer, Ivanna Kozak, Antoine Liétout, Ivan Zuber


Sophie Winqvist Loggins DFF FSF


Ruben De Gheselle


Marie-Hélène Dozo


Erick Vargas Williams
Valène Leroy
Charles De Ville
Aline Gavroy

Conceptual Artist
& Production designer

Agustin Moreaux

Production designer
& Art Director

Amparo Baeza

Costume Designer

Patricia Alvarado Hurtado

Make up & Hair Designer

Goga Riveros

Produced by

HOBAB, Need Productions, Pacifica Grey, Resolve Media, Laidak Films

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