World premiere of THE VISITOR by Martín Boulocq at the Tribeca Film Festival
The Visitor (El visitante), the fourth narrative feature by accomplished Bolivian filmmaker Martín Boulocq (The Most Beautiful and My Best Years, Eugenia), is set to have its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. An introspective look at family relationships, class disparity and the increasingly dominant presence of evangelism in Bolivia, The Visitor will premiere as part of the festival’s international Narrative competition which runs from June 8-19. At New York.
The Visitor tells the story of Humberto (in an impressive performance by newcomer Enrique Aráoz), a former prisoner who earns a modest living by singing at wakes. Humberto’s greatest desire is to rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter and provide her with a decent life, but the grandparents of child-rich evangelical pastors are unwilling to give up custody of their only child. little girl. Financially and ideologically bullied into a corner, Humberto is forced to confront his own demons while simultaneously battling a powerful ecclesiastical institution to which he once belonged.
Set in the city of Cochabamba in central Bolivia, the epicenter of historical social struggles between the indigenous Bolivian population and the Spanish colonizers, and elegantly filmed by cinematographer Germán Nocella, The Visitor pursues Boulocq’s interest as a director for exploring themes of filial and parental alienation and the relationship between social conditions and weakened emotional ties. Boulocq turns to the story of a family to explore how the Evangelical Church, in Bolivia and elsewhere in Latin America, capitalizes on the suffering of the most vulnerable members of society.
An essential figure in contemporary Bolivian cinema, Boulocq’s intention with The Visitor is to attempt once again to make sense of the evolution of his country’s power structures, its colonial heritage and the new forms of ideological dependence that guide Bolivian society.
Alongside two other Bolivian directors who have recently won top honors at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals – Alejandro Loayza Grisi, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance for his film Utama, and Natalia López Gallardo, winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize for her film Robe of Gems- Boulocq can be recognized as part of a new wave of Bolivian directors who are advancing internationally and gaining attention renewed international focus on an under-recognized context, country and social situation with global implications.
Tribeca Public Projections and P&I:
Saturday June 11, 6:45 p.m. at Village East by Angelika, Theater 4
Monday, June 13, 6 p.m. – Online
Tuesday, June 14, 5 p.m. at Village East by Angelika, Theater 5
Sunday, June 19, 1:30 p.m. at Village East by Angelika, Theater 5