Born in Bogota, Colombia, Victoria Solano is an award winning filmmaker who has lived in Argentina since 2010. She studied journalism at the University of San An- dres and filmmaking at Politecnico Gran Colombiano. Her first documentary, 9.70, was a mid-length film selected for GoodPitch Argentina, the first event of its type in the region, and has been watched by over 2M people around the world. After the release, Victoria received the Simon Bolivar, one of Colombia's most coveted journalism awards. Previously she had worked as a director for various TV channels including Telesur, RCN and Canal Capital. She is the co-founder of Clementina Films, a production company based in Colombia where she is currently developing several projects including Antequera, a film about the assassinated leader of the UP party in Colombia and T he Presidents who didn't happen, a docudrama series on the various Colombian presidents who weren't able to govern the country. Sumerce is her first long feature documentary co-produced between Pinball London (UK) and Clementina Films (Colombia) with support from Bertha Foundation, IDFA, Tribeca FIlm Institute, Oxfam and Prolmagenes.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I love to travel. Being a foreigner in a place. Losing myself walking in new places, playing at being strange in places that I may never step on again.
What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
I was always told that I could not study cinema because it was a profession for the rich. Being a filmmaker is my personal revolution.
What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
The first thing is an infinite sensation of pleasure, an effervescence, a crush that I translate into long hours of research.
What’s your favourite film and why?
Hard question, maybe Milk. It is a fantastic portrait of an incredible character with excellent cinematographic decisions and very well acted.
Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
- Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
- Stonger than me - Sronger than me
- Mama Says - Ibeyi
From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
I'm Afraid of Pablo Neruda.
However in my eyes a question exists
and there is a scream in my mouth that my mouth does not scream.
There is no ear on earth that hears my sad complaint
abandoned in the middle of the infinite earth!
What is your greatest extravagance?
Many years ago, as in 2003, I made a cosplayer of a female version of the Riddler. It was fun
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
The people are what inspire me. To hear people talk, the fervor for ideas or the passion of someone else ignites my own passion. I believe that in the hearts of humans the flame that moves the world is on
What is your final word?
Thank you. Only that. I feel very grateful for the path I have chosen and the destiny I have walked.
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