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Director Jorge Thielen Armand interrogates one man’s tortured existence in La Fortaleza, a fascinating semi-improvised drama in which his own father plays Roque, a veiled version of himself. The outward expression of the man’s inner turmoil provides a chaotic and addictive energy – his violence visceral, his pain instinctual. This is highly original filmmaking, imbued with the feeling of a turbulent fever dream, as Roque exorcises his demons through intense alcoholism and overt hysteria, in a cathartic creative expression for both performer and filmmaker.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    108 minutes
  • Country
    Venezuela, France, Netherlands, Colombia
  • Note
  • Director
    Jorge Thielen Armand
  • Screenwriter
    Rodrigo Michaelangeli
  • Producer
    Rodrigo Michaelangeli, Felipe Guerrero
  • Cast
    Jorge Roque Thielen, Yoni Naranjo
  • Cinematographer
    Rodrigo Michaelangeli
  • Editor
    Felipe Guerrero
  • Composer
    Leila Bordreuil