The Soldier’s Lagoon

Cannes Docs

The Soldier’s Lagoon

Original title: La Laguna del Soldado

Directed by: Pablo ALVAREZ MESA

Produced by: Pablo ÁLVAREZ MESA

Country of production: Canada, Colombia

Runtime: 75'

Expected release: February, 2024

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: $115.000 CAD (100% in place)

1st feature: No

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200 years after Simón Bolívar’s liberation campaign across Colombia, The Soldier’s Lagoon retraces The Liberator’s journey across the high altitude marshlands while searching for glimpses of his ghost still present in this historically contested territory.

Director’s/Producer’s profile:

Pablo Alvarez-Mesa‘s films have played at international film festivals including Berlinale, IFFR, MoMA, Visions du Reel, and RIDM. His most recent film looking into Simón Bolívar’s battles of Independence and titled “Bicentenario” played at the 2021 Berlinale, MoMA Doc Fortnight and Viennale amongst other festivals and earned a Jury Mention at Festival Punto de Vista in the Main Competition. “The Soldier’s Lagoon” is the second in a trilogy of films tracing Bolivar’s path through Colombia. Pablo is an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, and is Artist in Residence at Fogo Island Arts. Pablo’s interest in documentary lies in the relationship between fact and fiction; between what is recalled and what is inevitably constructed. His films all touch in one way or another issues of displacement, history and collective memory.