"[A] shrewd meditation on the way physical space elides with our identity"
- Variety Cannes review
Kleber Mendonça Filho's Palme d'Or-nominated Aquarius is just the latest victim of political retaliation in Brazil. After the cast and crew protested Dilma Roussef's impeachment process at Cannes, Aquarius was passed over for the country's Foreign Language Oscar Nomination; three other Brazilian filmmakers formally withdrew their films from consideration as show of solidarity.
Aquarius stars Sonia Braga as a widow who refuses to leave her apartment building, exploring both the residue of time, place, and our possessions; and the ossification of class and racial tension that pervade life in Northeastern Brazil. Despite the current administration's best efforts to sabotage its commerical prospects, Mendonça Filho's second feature continues to be a box-office success at home. Aquarius opens this week in New York, at the Angelika.