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Kleber Mendonça Filho • 2016 • Brazil • Clara refuses to leave her home to make way for a high-rise.
Clara lives in a low-rise apartment building close to the beach in Recife, a small city in northeast Brazil. Her well-established life is threatened by the arrival of ruthless property developers, who are intent on tearing down her home of several decades to make way for a modern, luxury apartment building.
Anchored in a luminous performance by Sônia Braga, Aquarius doubles as a portrait of a complex middle-aged heroine, and the contradictions of a capitalist impetus to progress threatening to tear modern-day Brazil asunder. Kleber Mendonça Filho's second film premiered at Cannes; Mar del Plata, and Sydney, Cartagena, Havana, and Dublin, where it won Best Film. Aquarius is a New York Times Critics' Pick.
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Tran Anh Hung • 1993 • Vietnam
A society's slow decline tracks with a woman's romantic blossoming.
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