In her opulent home in the Ecuadorian countryside, Luisa (Anahi Hoeneisen) sinks further and further into a forlorn state brought on by a bout with postpartum depression. Luisa strives to return to her notion of normalcy, taking long solitary jogs and socializing at luxurious dinner parties over a glass of wine. But dysphoric tendencies begin to take hold and create a fissure between herself and the life she once knew. In Lo Invisible, director Javier Andrade captures Hoeneisen’s magnetic performance as Luisa, articulating the new mother’s turbulent dissolution with a striking degree of restraint, while allowing a keen focus on nonverbal dialogue and quietly composed moments to speak volumes on the complexity of a frequently misunderstood and unseen crisis.
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A native of Portoviejo, Ecuador, Javier Andrade began as an actor before switching his focus to filmmaking and pursuing an MFA in directing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Among his films are Canción de Toquilla (2010), a short documentary about artisans of Pile, Ecuador, makers of Panama hats; La Casa del Ritmo: A Film About Los Amigos Invisible (2012), a feature documentary about the Venezuelan funk band; The Porcelain Horse (2012), his narrative feature debut; and 52 Seconds (2017), a personal documentary taking the measure of the devastation in his hometown in the wake of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Lo Invisible (2021) is his second narrative feature.
Language Spanish, Quechua, German
Premiere Bay Area
Country Ecuador, France
Director Javier Andrade
Executive Producer Delmian Gross, Oderay Game, Pablo Fiallos
Producer María de los Ángeles Palacios, Hanne-Lovise Skartveit, Daniel Andrade
Writer Javier Andrade, Anahí Hoeneisen
Editor Magdalena Schinca, Javier Andrade, Fernando Epstein
Cinematographer Daniel Andrade
Music Paola Navarrete, Mauro Samaniego
Cast Anahi Hoeneisen, Matilde Lagos, Gerson Guerra
Print Source Trópico Cineinfo@tropico-cine.com
Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.
Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.