Lo Invisible (2021)

  • Discovery
  • 1h 25m
  • Ecuador, France

Ecuadorian filmmaking team Javier Andrade and Anahí Hoeneisen return with a strong and carefully observed feature devoted to exploring the dark side of maternity, or, better yet, the ways in which performing our expected roles in society puts inordinate pressure on us.

In Lo Invisible — remarkably, the first Ecuadorian film to play the Festival in nearly two decades — we closely experience the process by which wealthy but deeply depressed and unstable Luisa (script co-writer Hoeneisen) tries to regain some semblance of her former life, before she became a mother for the second time and was sent away to a mental institution after being accused of trying to hurt her baby.

The narrative intentionally builds Luisa’s internal turmoil and detachment without the overuse of plot. Rather, we are presented with a loosely circular structure that brings home Luisa’s feeling of being trapped in and isolated from her own world of comfort. Subtle choices of camerawork, mise en scène, and a powerful performance by Hoeneisen further the case that her crumbling character might in fact be turning invisible, especially to herself.

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Content advisory: sexually suggestive scenes, mature themes

Director

Javier Andrade

Cinematographer

Daniel Andrade

Executive Producer

Delmian Gross

Executive Producer

Oderay Game

Executive Producer

Pablo Fiallos

Producer

Daniel Andrade

Production Designer

Belén Draghi

Production Designer

Carmen Dávila

Screenwriter

Anahi Hoeneisen

Screenwriter

Javier Andrade

Composer of Original Score

Paola Navarrete

Composer of Original Score

Mauro Samaniego

Primary External Publicist

Required Viewing

International Sales Agent

Trópico Cine

Languages

Spanish, Quechua, German

Captions

English

Programme presented by
Dyson