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.

So Foul a Sky is a cinematographic meditation on the fragile and treacherous relationship between the citizen and the state, who is generally presented as a protective maternal figure who provides security, meaning, and identity. Here, this meditation finds itself in a position where a once mighty and symbolic state (Venezuela) has ceased to provide, and even to recognize who is who.

The film asks: once left orphaned by that progenitor, who are we without the national narratives that once defined who we were? Is there anything left once our prayers are left unanswered? Once no looming power can protect or define us? Once we are alone?

A meditation about the vertigo of being free, and yet feeling abandoned. Ultimately, about finding a sense of home within and not without oneself.

Álvaro F. Pulpeiro

is a filmmaker currently based in Madrid, Spain.

Born in 1990, spends his first years of life in Saguenay, Quebec, and Northern Galicia, Spain. After being brought up between Northern Brazil and Western Australia, moves to London where he graduates from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2015.

Besides writing and teaching internationally, he has directed two shorts and two feature documentary films that have competed at renowned film festivals worldwide.

His practice has mainly taken place in South America, where he is developing a long-term fiction film project.

He is interested in cinema not only as traditional storytelling but as a sensory experience. A narrative form not meant to be merely watched and understood as prose, but inhabited through all the contradictions and oblique suggestions it gives birth to.