SO FOUL A SKY
Experimental Documentary Film
DCP 4K / 7.1 / 2:39:1 / colour / 83’ / 2021
‘So foul a sky, clears not without a storm.’
– Joseph Conrad quoting Shakespeare
Oil. Nationhood. Identity.
Under shadows cast by colossal oil refineries, emerging from the desert like chrome cathedrals, SO FOUL A SKY presents a journey through several frontier lands of Venezuela – the world’s first petrostate – now shaken by the worst political and humanitarian crisis South America has experienced in the 21st century.
While storm clouds gather in the skies, sleepy soldiers patrol the Caribbean Seas, migrants drift through lugubrious border posts between Brazil and Venezuela, and smugglers venture across the hostile Guajira Desert, trafficking the last remaining barrels of embargoed gasoline. All is enveloped by scrambled radio newsreels fired from both sides of the ideological struggle ripping the capital apart.
This is a film portraying pirates and pilgrims, orphaned children of a land that they have made their own without planting flags or imposing anthems; anarchic just like the hovering storm clouds threatening to put an end to the limbo all inhabit.
Written & Directed Álvaro F. Pulpeiro
Produced Laura C. Solano, INSIGHT TWI, Pulpeiro.Co
Cinematography Mauricio Reyes Serrano, Álvaro F. Pulpeiro
Edited Martín Amézaga
Sound Design Tomas Blazukas
Voices Carlos Eduardo Meneses, Rosaura Arteaga
Original Music Sergio Zuluaga
Colour Correction Vlad Barin
With the support of CHEAT, London Audio Post
Distribution SYNDICADO Film Sales
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
– Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2021 (Warsaw, Poland) – The Different Faces of Latin America – Nominated to Best Cinematography Award, Focus Award for the Greatest Personality of the Festival, Audience Award
– Olhar do Cinema Festival Internacional de Curitiba 2021 (Curitiba, Brazil) – Competition
– Saratov Sufferings International Film Festival of Documentary Drama, Official Selection (Saratov, Rusia) – WINNER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
– Biografilm Festival 2021 (Bologna, Italy) – Official International Competition
– Development LAB DocsBarcelona Work in Progress
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