Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra • 2011 •Brazil
Helena has found the perfect spot for her new store.
Blending neorealist class critique with elements of subdued horror, Hard Labor dissects both the material and supernatural implications of a middle-class couple slowly succumbing to precarity in a globalized world.
Helena's dream is finally coming true—she has found the perfect location to open her neighborhood grocery store. However, she senses something amiss; the space becomes a setting for strange occurrences, portends of the building's sinister past.
Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra's first feature premiered at Cannes, SXSW, and Sitges, where it won Best Director.