It has been a while since the self-proclaimed prophet Aldo was preaching by the shore. His alter ego Aldemar was once a renowned persona famous for his spiritual insight but has become a bygone chapter in the graying man’s life. Until he meets Gabriel, a young man who adores the aging prophet. This strange meeting leads to an even stranger friendship.
Contactado addresses topics such as faith and doubt, hope and desperation. While the protagonist represents hope for many hopeless, his prophecies have also done irreparable damage. Director Marité Ugás has been inspired by Albert Camus' novel The Stranger. Through extensive use of a handheld camera, she manages to portray Aldo's inner turmoil in a way that is reminiscent of Meursault’s existential crisis. Contactado is one of several visually stunning titles in this year's Horizons section which also dares to ask existential questions as timely as they are timeless.
This text is from the Films from the South Festival, where the film had its Scandinavian Premiere.
Director Marité Ugás
Producer Mariana Rondón
Production Company Sudaca Films
Norwegian co-producer Dag Hoel
Norwegian co-production company DHF
Runtime 1h 33m