Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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by Helvécio MARINS JR. & Clarissa CAMPOLINA


“All right, you’re dead now. What more do you want?” In her São Romão
home, in the Brazilian Sertão, eighty-year old Bastú sheds no tears when
she finds her husband Feliciano dead in his bed. Yet the impassible composure
she displays in front of her grandchildren hides a complex process
of mourning: she is tormented by the presence of the dead man,
hearing him in his blacksmith workshop at night. How can she be scared
when she recalls having fun firing a gun as a young girl? In this mixture
of ethnology, local music (with superb singing by Maria, the grandmother’s
friend) and magic realism (the film-makers make references to
novelists João Guimarães Rosa and Gabriel Garcia Marques), non-professional
actors play their own parts within their own environments
and daily objects. Director of photography Ivo Lopes Araujo is a master in
the art of the digital image (he photographed A Grão, shown in the 2011
2010 ? Continent J programme). His cinematography lends a melancholy
poetry to the mixture of walls reddened by the earth and São Romão’s
rare modern buildings. The dry soil is only irrigated by the São Francisco
river. Regionalism gradually gives way to a more universal theme: the
inexorable, yet happy rythme of life as it is, of death as it comes. CG

  • Titre français
  • Original title
  • Titre international
  • Scénario
    Felipe Bragança
  • Photo
    Felipe Bragança
  • Montage
    Marina Meliande
  • Son
    Gustavo Fioravante / O Grivo
  • Interprétation
    Maria Sebastiana Martins Álvaro, Maria da Conceição Gomes de Moura, Luciane Soares da Silva, Luciene Soares da Silva, Wanderson Soares da Silva, Amilton Soares da Silva
  • Producteur délégué
    Luana Melgaço, Sara Silveira, Luis Minãrro, Paulo De Carvalho Et Gudul A Meinzolt
  • Ventes internationales
    Urban Distribution International :
  • Prix obtenus
    Prix Spécial du jury F3C 2011 ; Prix du Jury Jeune F3C 2011
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage

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