After recently being released from prison, Humberto makes a modest living by singing at wakes. His greatest desire is to rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter and provide her with a decent life, but the grandparents of the child—wealthy Evangelical pastors—are not willing to give up custody of their only granddaughter. Bullied into a corner financially and ideologically, Humberto is forced to face his own demons while simultaneously fighting a powerful ecclesiastical institution to which he once belonged. Set in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba, The Visitor is a somber meditation on class, family relationships, and the increasing power of Evangelism in Latin America which reflects on the region’s persisting legacies of colonialism and the new forms of ideological dependence guiding Bolivian society.
Martín Boulocq studied cinematography at Jorge Sanjinés’ Andean School of Cinematography. At 25 years of age he released his first award-winning film, The Most Beautiful of My Very Best Years, which was acclaimed by Bolivian critics as one of the 12 essential films in the history of Bolivia. His second film, Los Viejos, premiered at Busan. His third feature, Eugenia, premiered at the festival of Mar del Plata, and won the Best Script Award at Guadalajara FF. His films have been screened at theaters and museums all over Latin America, Europe and North America. The Visitor marks his fourth feature film.