// Presented as part of June's Spotlight on Brazil Series //
Marília Rocha / 2016, Rotterdam, Biarritz, Brazilia, Chicago, Doclisboa, Odessa / 99'
Francisca is a young Portuguese woman living in Belo Horizonte, Brazil's third largest city. The arrival of an old acquaintance, Teresa, underscores Francisca's growing restlessness in Brazil— while Teresa seems determined to settle, Francisca craves her life back in Lisbon. Following their adventures in one of Brazil's lesser-seen metropolises, Where I Grow Old is a portrait of two women on the brink of adulthood and the deep bond of friendship that grows between them.
Documentary filmmaker Marília Rocha's narrative feature debut is marked by laid-back feminism and a documentarian's eye for small, subtle moments. Where I Grow Old premiered at Rotterdam, Biarritz and Brazilia, where it won Best Film, and Doclisboa, where it won the Jury Prize.
In an exclusive interview with Filmatique, Marília Rocha discusses the existential crisis engulfing Portugal's young men and women, the 'almost' utopia of Belo Horizonte, the power of art to relieve us of ourselves, and her next project.