Colombia, 85’, HD

While squatting in a decrepit mansion in Venezuela, a curious carpenter and his ailing grandmother discover that their adopted home will be demolished, making the dream of a better life seem impossible. Surrounded by a hard-partying gang of squatters, a flock of chickens, and the ancestral spirits of the mansion, the sweet yet unstable carpenter begins a search for an enormous cache of gold that is rumoured to be in the walls—a ticket to beat Venezuela’s economic crisis and to save his family. His journey quickly drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.

Jorge Thielen Armand

Jorge Thielen Armand is a Venezuelan director based in Toronto and Caracas. For the past three years he produced, directed and edited Flor de la Mar. Released in 2015, Flor de la Mar won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the 18th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, and is an official selection of the 39th Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City, the Sarasota Film Festival, AmDocs, etc.

In 2014, Jorge was commissioned by Canadian Heritage to direct 12 episodes of the Toronto Now Mom Documentary Web Series, and began working on his first feature film, La Soledad (The Solitude). As part of the research process for La Soledad, Jorge made the short film Dreams in Solitude, which has been selected for the 2015 Toronto Urban Film Festival and will show on all of Toronto’s subway screens before an audience of 1.2 million commuters.

Jorge has a Communications BA from Concordia University, and is a fellow of the Hot Docs Accelerator Program and the RIDM Talent Lab.

Producer Manon Ardisson recently set up Ardimages UK, the British arm of the eponymous French production company, and is currently building her slate.