Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

dir. Anabel Rodríguez Ríos

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela, 2020, Venezuela, Austria, Reino Unido, Brasil, 99 min


On Lake Maracaibo, beneath the mysterious silent Catatumbo lightning, the village of Congo Mirador is preparing for parliamentary elections. For streetwise local businesswoman and Chavist party representative Tamara every vote counts, fought by all means, while for oppo- sition-supporting teacher Natalie, politics is a weapon unsuccessfully attempting to force her from her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her community sinking from sedimen- tation, her childhood and innocence with it. How can a small fishing village survive against cor- ruption, pollution and political decay – a reflection of all the flaws of contemporary Venezuela.

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Festivals & Awards

Directed by: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Produced by: Sepp R. Brudermann
Written by: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Sepp R. Brudermann
Cinematography: John Márquez 
Production Companies: Sancocho Público A.C. (Venezuela)
Spiraleye Productions Ltd. (UK)
Golden Girls Film (Austria)
Pacto Films (Brasil)
Tres Cinematografía (Venezuela)

– HOT DOCS 2020, Official Selection, 2020
– Miami Film Festival, Official Selection, 2020
– Sundance Film Festival 2020, Official Selection, 2020
– CPH:DOX 2020, Winner of New Wave Award, 2020
–  23 Festival de Málaga, Official Selection, 2020

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