During the month of June, Filmatique will screen a collection of films from emerging voices in Brazilian Cinema.
Marília Rocha's Where I Grow Old examines the Portuguese economic diaspora through the friendship of two expats living in Belo Horizonte, while To My Beloved delves deep into the psyche of a man who's just lost his wife. Two films from Brazilian enfant terrible Cláudio Assis— Rat Feverand Big Jato— explore themes of youth, intoxication, love, and chaos, reconfiguring the notion of cinema as poetry.
Filmatique's Spotlight on Brazil Series casts a lens onto one of contemporary cinema's most exciting regions through the eyes of its young auteurs.
After the loss of his wife Ana, Fernando becomes a quiet and introspective father to their son Daniel. Each night while the boy sleeps Fernando performs the ritual of remembering Ana by organizing her personal belongings. When he discovers a handful of sex tapes in Ana's homemade VHS collection, Fernando becomes obsessed with a singular goal— tracking her unnamed lover.
To My Beloved traces the contours of love, loss, jealousy and betrayal through the contained psychological tension of its protagonist's journey. Brazilian filmmaker Aly Muritiba's directorial debut premiered at Montréal, Chicago, Stockholm, San Sebastián and Brazilia, where it won Best Director.
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.
Xico is an adolescent boy who spends his days either riding around in his father's sanitation truck emptying septic tanks; fraternizing with his wild-eyed uncle Nelson; or retreating into his own world of poetry, which his father dismisses as either a symptom of his uncle's salacious influence of Xico's nascent homosexuality. It is a world in which much is felt, but little happens. Ultimately Xico must choose whether to pursue his dreams or remain in Stonefish.
Cláudio Assis's fourth feature examines the themes of his previous films— music, literature, alcohol, vagrancy, and art as a force of salvation— through the eyes of a young man on the brink of adulthood. Big Jato premiered at Munich and Brazilia, where it won Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Film.
Zizo is a poet who lives in the slums of Recife, the capital of Brazil's northeastern state of Pernambuco. The inhabitants of this strange world existing only at the fringes society are both steeped in poverty and life in all its color— alcohol, drugs, sex, love, passion, madness and poetry.
The third film from Brazilian enfant terrible Cláudio Assis delves deep into the psychology of the poet, an artist consumed by beauty and inspiration in all things, however obscene. Chaos becomes a means to examine the bourgeois hypocrisy of Brazil's well-to-do, the majority of whom prefer that a man such as Zizo did not exist. A treatise to the beauty of filth and subversion, Rat Fever premiered at Rotterdam and Havana and São Paulo, where it won Best Film.