ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA
Venezuela, United Kingdom, Brazil, Austria, 2020 / 99 min / Spanish OV with French & English subt. / Documentary
In Venezuela, the village of Congo Mirador on Lake Maracaibo, is preparing for contentious parliamentary elections.
Floating on stilts above Lake Maracaibo, the village of Congo Mirador is preparing for contentious parliamentary elections. For streetwise local businesswoman and Chavist party representative Tamara, every vote counts and is fought for by all means, including bribery and intimidation. Her opponent, Natalie, a vocal teacher supporting the opposition, sees her political convictions turned against her as she’s about to be forced from her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her community sinking into the oily, sedimented water, taking her childhood and innocence down with it. As families risk being displaced with no means of surviving elsewhere, the villagers’ fears extend beyond the partisan divide of Venezuelan politics. How can the small fishing village survive against corruption, pollution and political decay?
A striking and mournful reflection of the flaws of contemporary Venezuela.
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|Tue||09/03||16:00||Cinémathèque||ES OV with EN subt.||Public||https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003268|
|Wed||10/03||13:30||Ciné Utopia||ES OV with EN subt.||Public||https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003268|
« A powerful image of forced exile, of people being eaten out of house and home by foul waters and phony officials [...] the embodiment of an entire nation" Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 03/03/2020
“A dystopian fairy tale, which we should all heed, lest we fall under a curse of venal mismanagement" Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammertonail, 17/02/2020
Venezuelan filmmaker Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, based in Vienna, Austria, completed her master's degree in filmmaking at the London Film School, sponsored by the British Council and the Venezuelan foundation Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho. In 2008, she co-directed her first fiction feature, 1, 2 y 3 mujeres. Her latest short, The Barrel (2012), part of the Peabody Award-winning international series Why Poverty?, was selected in over 50 international film festivals, including Hot Docs and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and was awarded a grant from the TFI Latin America Fund. Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) is her second documentary feature.
- 2020 – Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (documentary)
- 2012 – The Barrel (documentary short)
- 2008 – Los Venezolanos, retadores de lo imposible (documentary)
- 2008 – 1, 2 y 3 mujeres (co-director)
- 2003 – Toilet (short)