CATEGORY BRASIL CINEMUNDI
Project: BAGHDAD - SCENES FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD | SP
Portrays a group of women living in a blue-collared neighborhood of São Paulo. Bagdá is an androgynous 16 year-old skater girl. She is discovering her sexuality and is the magnetic center that pulls the group together. Her mom, Micheline has no propensity towards domestic work, and she finds her true calling as a singer in the bar next-door. Her younger sisters are Josi, the spoiled teenage girl, and Bia, who is obsessed with aliens. Gilda is a transvestite, owner of a hair-salon; her best friend Emílio wants to make a viral video just in case he doesn't survive his prostate cancer. Carlota is a metal worker organizing a strike. And Deco is Bagdá's best friend who has complicated feelings towards her.
Director: Caru Alves de Souza
Producer: Rafaella Costa
Production company: Manjericão Filmes
Project: HIT AND BACK COPACABANA | MG
Paulinha was born on the same neighborhood she currently resides, in the outskirts of Belo Horizonte. She works in a little neighborhood store, where she spends most of her days. In between her daily activities, she commits small infractions and kills time with activities usually labeled as male — like playing vide game, snooker and soccer. She has always stood out in school and in her neighborhood. Her circumstance changes when she meets Priscila, who, as life has it, ends up becoming her best friend and roommate. With the opportunity of a day trip to Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, this relationship is tested. On the tour bus, Paulinha stumbles upon Gabi, her old crush, who gets involved with Priscila and derails the road trip. Affections and discontentments, urges and meanderings describe the girls’ journey to Rio de Janeiro and their return home.
Director: Juliana Antunes
Producers: Marcella Jacques e Laura Godoy
Production company: Ventura
Project: ANA'S FAREWELL | RS
Is about three generation of women: Alma, Inês e Ana. None of them shared what they really wanted, said what needed to be said. It's from this void, of all that is left unsaid, that the narrative comes from. It's a fiction film focused on the tween audience. It tells the story of an 11 year-old girl named Ana, who, during the carnival holiday, goes to the country for her grandmother's funeral, whom she hasn't seen since a she was little. At night, Ana sees her grandmother's figure going towards the trees in the backyard, and runs after her, entering a great new world, filled with fantasy and mystery. Ana, despite being afraid, keeps looking forward to the chance of meeting her grandmother, getting to know her and, at last, saying goodbye. In her path, the girl stumbles upon fantastic creatures, some friendly, others treacherous, who help her, not only find Alma, but understand her journey.
Director: Luciana Mazeto
Codirector: Vinícius Lopes
Producer: Eduardo D. Piotroski
Production company: Pátio Vazio
Project: UNSOUND | RS
Is a feature film that intends to address the human dimension of the dark legacy of the Military Dictatorship. The character Jonas is a retired soldier admired by his family and country. He lives his old-age in peace. His macabre crimes were properly concealed and ignored through decades. His family is unaware of his atrocity — including his grandson, Ulisses, who admires him and has him as a role-model and hero, in such a way that he decides to shot a film about him, with his friends. One of these friends, the sound designer Vitor, finds tapes that hide the hero's dark past, unraveling the events of the story.
Director: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
Producer: Pedro Guindani
Production company: Ausgang
Project: HORIZON | PR
We face the twilight of adolescence, which announces the birth of adult life. Fears and dreams, talents and limitations, sex, loneliness and friendship, it all oscillates between the glimmer of realizations and the shadow of frustration. Guiding us through the story, is Neto, who just finished high-school and, unsure which path to take, practices with his rock-band, fools around with his friends, flirts with his friend Ana and keeps working at a gas station. It's from the tobacco shop of this roadside gas station that he sees the comings-and-goings of the highway and dreams of the many roads he would like to take. In this inverted road movie, Neto and his friends are fixed in the shoulder of the road, and it's the road that moves before their eyes. HORIZON, the first feature film from director and writer Jessica Candal, was developed in the Núcleo de Dramaturgia Audiovisual SESI. In 2014, it won the Concurso de Pitchings do Olhar de Cinema - FIC. Currently, it's in the fundraising stage.
Director: Jessica Candal
Producer: Antônio Junior
Production company: Grafo Audiovisual
Project: A THOUSAND POPPERS | PE
It's about a man born In Romania, student of Engineer at Sorbonne, who travelled the world and became a killer of Indian and black people in Argentina, at the end of the 19th century. And in the extreme south of this country, as an emperor, he founded, under gunfire and indigenous blood, an empire with gold mines, its own laws, army, seal and currency, which had the letter “P” coined at the center of a gold coin:“P” for Popper, Julius Popper.
Directors and Producers: Sergio Oliveira e Mauro Andrizzi
Production company: Aroma Filmes e Mono Films
Project: THE CLUB OF ANGELS | RJ
Tells the unlikely end of eight friends, eight failures, eight unfulfilled promises. The members of the Stew Club - a friary founded to indulge their taste for fine dinning and good wine — which celebrated, for years, their fortune and power. They could afford to eat and drink well, so they eat and drank of the best. Their fortune wasn’t earned, they were all inherited; and shrank significantly over time, fading, like their friendship. Their monthly dinners went from rituals of power, to a melancholy reunion of failures. Until they discovered, however, an amazing and illustrious new chef, who rekindles what seemed to be extinguished. The ostentatious banquets return, the friendships is reforged, and the group, united. The problem is that, mysteriously, after each reunion, a member of the Club was found dead the next morning. The prospect of dying seems to increase the pleasure of eating: their tastebuds were in a state of exaltation. Amidst so many wakes, questions remain unanswered. What was the real motive behind the deaths? And, above all, why do these men keep going back to the dinner parties?
Director: Angelo Defanti
Producer: Bárbara Defanti
Production company: Sobretudo Produção
Project: THE DAY THE FAVELA CAME DOWN | PE
Rio de Janeiro, early 1960:after loosing his father in a police confrontation, Ezequiel works hard to provide for his family. When the officers assigned to the removal of the favelas hit Morro do Borel, where he lives, the young man can't get involved in this, but he ends up becoming the only hope to a thousand of local residents. With the help of wealthy and conscientious lawyer Magarinos Torres, he will lead the resistance and occupy one of the main public buildings in the city, with two thousand employees. It's a fiction film, yet its inspiration and universe correspond to the reality of the favela residents since the 1950s until now. These places are still being considered marginalized territories, where workers suffer constant disregard of their basic rights of housing, transport and work. With these attributes, THE DAY THE FAVELA CAME DOWN focuses in a broad audience that is willing to follow the characters, ordinary men and women, who made and still make Brazil's history.
Director: Ludmila Curi
Producer: Mannu Costa
Production company: Plano 9
Project: SO FAR FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH | SP
Four separate characters united by the same context of crisis and dilemmas brought on by the impacts of modernization. Boi, a young Guarani indigenous; Deyse, a teenager, the youngest of a family of small farmers; Bárbara, a stray wanderer; Joaquín, an Uruguayan worker who lives on the road. In the mosaic of their parallel paths, the tensioned balance of their identities in face of existential and social tremors is tested. SO FAR FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH takes place within the intimate chronicle framework, where the lyrical comes from the subtle unraveling of the private universe of each character. The narrative is built from the contrast between the depth of the subjective and the hash reality of the outside world. During the installation of an agricultural fair, in a small country town in the south of Brazil, the four characters follow their paths, marked by the wish to maintain their self-identity, going through the fragile process of change.
Director: Aarón Fernández
Producer: Rodrigo Sarti Werthein
Production company: Acere Produção Artística e Cultural
Project: AUNT VIRGINIA | SP
Tells the story of lonesome Virgínia, and her relationship with her sisters Vanda and Valquíria. Through the forced coexistence of the three sisters in the same house for one day, the film portrays a universal family structure. It's an intimate, mundane film about family relationships, but it's also a social portrait.
Director: Fábio Meira
Producer: Diana Almeida
Production company: Roseira Filmes
CATEGORY DOC BRASIL MEETING
Project: WAYS OF THE RIVER | AM
Álvaro Socot is a 19 year-old young man of the Hupd’äh ethnicity. He was born and spent his whole childhood in the Taracuá-Igarapé village, a five day boat-ride from São Gabriel da Cachoeira, on the border between Colombia and Venezuela. He is the oldest son of Isabel and Américo, and has eight brothers and sisters. The Hupd’äh started to increase contact with the urban center in 2010. This happened out of the need to issue documents in order to have access to social benefits and cash withdrawals to buy goods. Today, Álvaro lives with his family in Ilha Diamantina, in the Negro River, and is closer to the city. With his high-school diploma, and under his father's guardianship, he wants to move to the city and continue his education. The film is a portrait of this moment when growing up also means to leave a world behind. What will remain of it?
Director: Jessica Mota
Producer: Alice Riff
Production company: Studio Riff
Projeto: VHSHIV | PE
To be born and grow up as a homosexual in the 1980s and 1990s meant, for Fábio Leal, Gustavo Vinagre and million others, learning about sex, sexuality, AIDS and death at the same time — and they became intrinsically connected. With the first urges of desire, also came the fear of dying. Obviously the risk was real. But the narrative used by the media over years, transformed a warning into a monster. The documentary VHS&HIV investigates where this fear came from and how its ramifications are still present today, even with the medical advances. Besides unearthing the recent past, we will question the representation of the HIV today, its near invisibility, and the way today’s youth deal with the possibility of contracting the virus. To the Netflix generation, HIV is as old and antiquated as a VHS tape.
Director: Fábio Leal e Gustavo Vinagre
Producers: Dora Amorim e Thaís Vidal
Production company: Ponte Produções
Project: A MOTHER'S CALLING | RJ
Is a film-letter that revisits the military dictatorship period through a filmmaker's personal perspective on her family, who were marked by the years of repression. Intertwining three generations, by using the structure of an epistolary narrative and a rich archive material, the documentary brings to light the existential transformation of Iramaya - a woman who, in her struggle to free her children, left the private world to go into politics, without ever quenching her own uncertainties. In 2015, the project was selected by the edict “Histórias que Ficam” (FCSN), which considers four creative documentaries every two years. Besides a financial support, the program also offers consulting and immersion labs throughout the entire process. Since then, A MOTHER'S CALLING has participated in Pitching Documental DocMontevideo 2015 and Doculab.9 editing lab, in the Guadalajara International Film Festival.
Director: Carolina Benjamin
Producer: Danielle Villanova
Production company: Daza Filmes
Project: BREAKING IN STEP | RJ
Is a documentary feature film that approaches the birth of two types of urban dances from different places: the Angolan Kuduro and the Brazilian Passinho. Both dances are from the internet era, born from the intense living experience of big urban centers, in the Angolan musseques and the slums of Rio de Janeiro. They break into the globalized contemporary world with their music styles that sing about the daily life in the slums, relationships and love interests, parties, besides having humorous lyrics, fast electronic drums and sensual dances. The Passinho and the Kuduro are both styles that are constantly coining their own slang words, creating a new anthropophagic language in the universe of the contemporary pop culture, crossing social barriers. By putting these dances together, it is possible to merge these cultures, that share the same language, colonial history, global context, but suffer from a profound lack of contact and concrete knowledge of each other.
Director e producer: Emílio Domingos
Production company: Osmose Filmes Ltda
Project: WE ARE WHAT WE HAVE LOST| PR
Eneida accepts the invitation of her filmmaker daughter to make her biggest wish come true: reconnect the family tie severed 20 years ago with her granddaughter Mariana, who has converted to orthodox judaism. In a search marked by the affective memory of these women, WE ARE WHAT WE HAVE LOST will try to comprehend how this wall was built and how to break it down.
Director: Heloisa Passos
Producer: Eliane Ferreira
Production company: Maquina Filmes
Projeto: HERE AND THERE | PR
Is a documentary starring photographer João Urban, 74, who celebrates, in 2018, 60 years of photography. The highlight of his work is the records he has made of the Polish colony in Paraná, over the last 38 years. This images have travelled the world: they've been in Poland, visited biennales in Venice, São Paulo and Havana. Among the Polish, João immediately came in touch with feelings of his childhood, since he is a son of immigrants.
Director: Rafael Urban
Producer: Larissa Figueiredo
Production company: Sto Lat Filmes
CATEGORY FOCO MINAS
Project: BRASILIANA – THE HISTORY OF THE AFRO MUSICAL COMPANY THAT PRESENTS BRAZIL TO THE WORLD | MG
The documentary Brasiliana – The History of the Afro Musical Company that Presented Brazil to the World aims at telling the story of the biggest Brazilian theater and dance company influenced by the Afro-Brazilian culture that has ever been heard of. During 25 years of activities, the group has been to 90 countries in different continents, discovered several talents and triggered countless important artistic performances both in Brazil and abroad. Equipped with interviews from former dancers, directors, researchers and an extensive archive material gathered from five years of research, the film reclaims the forgotten history of this dance company, besides addressing issues like the sexualizationof the Brazilian black woman, the introduction of an international Brazilian image, and the discrimination and disregard towards Brazilian black artists.
Director: Itamar Dantas
Producer: Daniel Couto
Production company: Impulso Projetos Audiovisuais de Juiz de Fora
Project: CEMITÉRIO DO PEIXE | MG
Is set in a village inhabited only by the introspective Ariano and his mother, Salomé. Their daily life consists of preserving the local cemetery and house chores. Once a year, the place is swarmed with pilgrims headed towards the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels. Ariano's peace is disrupted by three events: the visit of Elisa, the casual documentarist, who’s there to record the religious event, and strikes a friendship with the protagonist; the enigmatic backpacker, Miguel, who goes through the village, and awakens Ariano's abilities to communicate with the souls of the place; and his mother's death, his life’s only companion. In their own way, each of these events triggers in Ariano feelings he never felt. With his sanity compromised, he leaves the village.
Director: João Borges
Producer: Gilberto Cardoso
Production company: Emvideo Eventos Audiovisuais
Project: ONCE UPON THE IDLENESS, ONCE UPON THE HEAT | MG
Is a feature film set in a dystopian future in the countryside of Brazil. The narrative portrays the personal journey of Liz(26), a strong and independent woman, and her most intimate passions: an unexplained obsession with the Dancing Plague of 1518 (a French historical fact that resulted in the death of nearly 400 victims), and the desire she succumbs to. Guided by the character's point-of-view, the tale follows a logic, not based on reason, but more subjective and sensorial, at times introducing paradoxical or absurd elements. The film will also create a dialogue with contemporary visual arts in its aesthetic investigation, in the composition of flow and the materialization of the characters' acts of body performance. As well as a reappropriation of the science-fiction and erotic genres, by presenting this particular future, and Liz's desire, through the mechanisms proposed. This will be the first feature film directed by Eduardo Cantarino.
Director: Eduardo Cantarino
Producer: Leonardo Mecchi
Production company: Dilúvio Produções
Project: NXIAMU | MG
What would be the combination of Guimarães Rosa backland, in all its details, with the legendary figure of the vampire? In 1900, Nxiamu, a blind vampire, son of slaves, wanders the backland of Minas in search of fragile bodies to feed on, aided by Manco, his servant, who adopted as a child and grew up next to him. In a kind of twilight western, where lonely characters drift through an unfamiliar world looking for themselves, our film evokes already consecrated elements of cinema and literature, from distinct genres, and dares to mix them and create new meanings. What we have in Nxiamuis the possibility to make a western without emulations, not just a simple transposition of the legend to the turn of the 19th century, Minas Gerais. If our north is a rich literary and cinematographic foundation, with already established concepts, we also want to re-work these elements in a way to produce a powerful and unusual work.
Director: Maurílio Martins e Thiago Taves Sobreiro
Producer: Matheus Antunes
Production company: Cento e Oito Filmes
Project: SOFT | MG
A project for a documentary feature film. It's currently developing its script, which presents as a theme the violent relationships nurtured in a public high school from a poor neighborhood of Belo Horizonte. The project is written and directed by Ana Carolina Soares (A Itinerante Filmes) and produced by Denise Flores (Voo Livre Produções). This documentary wishes to contemplate the public school system and its people, hoping to expose the conditions which the teachers and student live with. This environment is undergoing a degradation of its physical space and social interactions, which is seen as dangerous by society and is neglected by the government. This project's proposal wishes to encourage new discussions and perspectives on public education, reporting the social context and violent situations that occur daily and are considered to be the norm.
Director: Ana Carolina Soares
Producer: Denise Flores
Production company: A Itinerante Filmes
Project: LAND VESSELS | MG
While searching for the Land Vessels, a group of friends and scientists go after the holes of the world, places where the land was striped by mining and created the hangover areas as the leftovers of these economic movements. Everyone will walk for days and months to reunite with the land, to listen to the vibrations of the eschatology of the modern concept of world. Of what pulsates the energy of the Land Vessels on the ground.
Director: Simone Cortezão
Producer: Matheus Antunes
Production company: Cento e Oito Filmes