Viva Cinema: La Soledad

Online Program

Streams Daily January 11 - 15, 2021
Q&A January 14, 2021 at 1:00pm

Enjoy access to a virtual film screening of Jorge Thielen Armand's 2016 film, La Soledad, and connect with the Bullock Museum and Cine Las Americas for a LIVE lunch chat about the film on Thursday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Amidst Venezuela's economic crisis, a young father must save his family from the demolition of their home. A virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 48 hours between January 11 - 15, and an advance purchase on or before Thursday, January 14 before 1:00 p.m. will grant you exclusive access to the LIVE lunch chat.

Event Details

A vivid and intimate account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggle of a young father trying to save his family from the demolition of their home. 

This ticketed virtual screening is part of the Viva Cinema Film Series. Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language and Hispanic-heritage movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in the original language, with English subtitles if the film is not in English. This screening will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

This season, selections are focused on highlighting the richness of the African Diaspora experience in Latin America. As we have experienced in the U.S., conversations about race are necessarily complex, affecting individuals, families, neighborhoods, and ultimately the nation. Through this series, we invite exploration of the intersections of Latinx and African-origin identities within and across the borders of the Americas.

On Thursday, January 14, Dr. Jean Ann Lauer, Program Advisor to Cine Las Americas, will guest moderate a conversation with Jorge Thielen Armand, director and co-writer of La Soledad.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Director: Jorge Thielen Armand
Runtime: 89 min
Genre: Drama
Release Year: 2016

About the Director

Jorge Thielen Armand was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a founding partner of the production company La Faena. His films have been presented at the Venice International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Busan, the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Istanbul Biennial, Filmfest München, BAFICI, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, among others.

His documentary Flor de la Mar (2015) screened at the 39th Margaret Mead Festival in New York, RIDM Montreal, and several others. His first feature film La Soledad (2016) premiered in Venice and showed at more than 60 festivals, receiving over a dozen awards; the London Institute of Contemporary Arts and MUBI released the film in UK cinemas. His second feature film La Fortaleza (2020) premiered in Rotterdam Tiger Competition and won the Jury Prize at Festival Biarritz Amérique-Latine; it also screened in Busan, Gijón, Cairo, and Guadalajara.

Jorge has a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University Montreal and is an alumnus of the Venice Biennale College, TIFF Studio, Torino Film Lab, and Berlinale Talents.

About the Moderator

Dr. Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Program Advisor to Cine Las Americas; Shorts Film Programmer at Fantastic Fest; and a Professor at Austin Community College in Humanities and Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (Radio-Television-Film) with a focus on the Mexican Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 23rd edition in 2021, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. For more info visit

Please note: Purchase of a virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 48 hours between January 11 - 15.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required.

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Images courtesy La Faena Films

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Viva Cinema 2020 - 2021 Season