Clara Sola by current student Nathalie Álvarez Mesén ‘19

Columbia Staff Member and Current Student at NYFF

BY Kio Shijiki, November 13, 2017

Filmmaker Magazine published several articles recently written by Film program administrator, Soheil Rezayazdi in coverage of the New York Film Festival, including an interview with director Nancy Biurski and an overview of festival highlights.


Rezayazdi is a writer and nonprofit communications professional living in Brooklyn. He also holds a master’s in journalism.


Rezayazdi spoke with Nancy Buirski, the director of The Rape of Recy Taylor. Her documentary debuted in Venice and appeared as part of the Spotlight on Documentary section of NYFF this year. The complete interview can be read here.


Rezayazdi also wrote two “critic’s notebook” pieces. The first covers the films Faces Places, The Rape of Recy Taylor, and Last Flag Flying. The second includes thoughts on Call Me By Your Name, The Square, Western, Wonderstruck, and Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.

Current student Nathalie Álvarez Mesén ‘19 participated in the New York Film Festival's Artist Academy. She was also invited to be part of Berlinale Talent Campus 2017.


Nathalie is a Swedish-Costa Rican writer/director who specializes in directing children and teens.


Her first feature, Clara Sola is one of the backed projects by the Hubert Bals Fund, and has been presented at co-production markets such as San Sebastian Film Festival’s Co-Production Forum, Film London Market and Bogotá Audiovisual Market. It was filmed together with producers Nima Yousefi, Katrin Pors and Cristina Gallego. The latter produced the Cannes winning film Embrace of the Serpent, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016.


The film tells the story of "Clara, 32, a woman with limited social skills, who struggles to be considered sexual when everyone in her remote village thinks of her as both child and saint. Stirred by her attraction to her sister’s new boyfriend, Clara embarks on a silent and magical journey to break free from the social and religious oppression that rules her life," according to a synopsis of the film.


Clara Sola was also selected for the Lab Eave Puentes 2016 and the Latino Screenwriting Project. Last September it was part of the No Borders International Co-production Market (during IFP Week).


Mesen was born in Sweden but spent most of her childhood and teen years in Costa Rica and, after high school, moved back to Sweden to study film and screenwriting. She also got a BFA in acting at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.