(Costa Rica, 2016) Dir. Ariel Escalante / 1hr 18min / Rated: PG-13
Synopsis: Dealing with grief can be a painful and solitary experience. That’s definitely the case for Claudia. She’s just lost her dear cousin and rather than face her absence, the young nurse walls herself off from the world. That is, until she runs into an old friend who’s in need of help. With a muted color palette and an equally restrained central performance El sonido de las cosas is a probing character study of what it means to lose those we are closest to.
Born in San Jose in 1984, he studied Political Science at the University of Costa Rica and Film at EICTV in Cuba. He was selected for a Creative Residence at Concordia University in Canada, and he received the Best Short Film Award at the Costa Rica International Film Festival for two of his films: “Musgo” and “A partir de ahora solo nosotros”. His debut film “The Sound of Things”, premiered at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival and won the Kommersant Weekend Prize. It has screened in festivals such as Biarritz, FILMAR and Mar del Plata. He is currently developing his second feature film, selected for PUENTES EAVE 2017.