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Country Focus Brazil
Diary, Letters, Revolutions Flávia Castro

A reconstruction of the filmmaker’s parents’ path through political struggle in Brazil and life in exile. A generation of leftist activists, their ideals, and the failure of a utopia.

Diary, Letters, Revolutions

Documentary Film
Brazil
2011
105 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Estelle Fialon, Flávio Tambellini, Flávia Castro
Flávia Castro
Paulo Castiglioni
Flávia Castro
Flávia Castro
Valéria Ferro
In the 1960s and 70s, Brazil was ruled by a dictatorship against which a new generation of left activists rose up. Among them was the filmmaker’s father, the journalist Celso Castro, who died under mysterious circumstances in the early 1980s. In an attempt to investigate her father’s death, Flavia de Castro follows her parents’ history, which took them to exile in Chile, Argentina and Panama and at last France. In the process, their marriage fell apart and her father returned to Brazil in 1979 when an amnesty law had been passed. Based on the testimony of her mother and other fellow travellers as well as her father’s diaries and letters, she creates a fascinating picture of a revolutionary life far from home. The hopes, ideals and successes in the political struggle emerge as clearly as the disappointments, resignation and ultimately failure of their revolutionary project. On a parallel level, the director talks about her own, un-housed childhood to show the price paid by the revolutionaries’ relatives. Flavia de Castro attempts to understand her father’s death without succumbing to the temptation of creating a paternal heroic figure. That takes courage.

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hill of Pleasures

Documentary Film
Brazil,
Netherlands
2012
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Janneke Doolaard, Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf, Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos
Guy Gonçalves, Leo Bittencourt, Miguel Lindenberg
Karen Akerman
For decades, the state allowed the drug cartels to control the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro. This policy was changed in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup. After a massive military operation, the state is now installing special units of the “peace-keeping police” UPP in the slums. Director Maria Ramos follows their work in the Morro dos Prazeres Favela, where the still hated police are to advertise the presence of the state and restore the dialogue with the residents. They meet not only with suspicion but with persistent resistance. Ramos follows the policemen on their daily routines of inspection rounds, unannounced raids and negotiations with the residents. Parallel to this, she switches to the perspective of the people on the street, shows their life in the community and learns about their past. People dance and celebrate exuberantly at one of the “Baile Funk” parties, which have emerged as one of the cultural forms of expression of the Favelas. But the view of nocturnal Rio from the hill suggests that the peace may be deceptive …

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Brazil
Housemaids Gabriel Mascaro

Housemaids in Brazil are part of the family. Adolescents talk to women who are like mothers to them but are not allowed to have private lives. The sociogram of a society.

Housemaids

Documentary Film
Brazil
2012
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Rachel Ellies
Gabriel Mascaro
Alana Santos Fahel, Ana Beatriz de Oliveira, Jenifer Rodrigues Régis, Juana Souza de Castro, Luiz Felipe Godinho, Perla Sachs Kindi, Claudomiro Canaleo Neto
Eduardo Serrano
Gabriel Mascaro
Eduardo Serrano
Seven adolescents, seven cameras, seven days of shooting – this is the framework defined by Gabriel Mascaro for his film experiment. The protagonists have already been chosen, too: they are the “Domésticas”, the housemaids in the young people’s homes who do all the work, from taking care of the children to cooking to ironing to chauffeuring. The doméstica is a fixture in many Brazilian homes. She is almost regarded as a member of the family, but lives in extreme dependence on her employers – often far away from her husband and her own children. The film follows not only the housemaids’ daily routines but gives us some insights into their circumscribed private lives. Mascaro edits the young people’s observations and conversations with the domésticas, who are often like second mothers to them, into an exciting sociogram of Brazilian society. While he avoids direct statements on class differences or the working conditions of the persons portrayed, his film reveals the balance of power quite clearly. The director has achieved a subtle and nuanced depiction of the invisible lines between personal and work relationships in these family microcosms.

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Linear

Animated Film
Brazil
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Rogério Nunes, Karmatique Imagens
Amir Admoni
Amir Admoni
Newton Leitão
Amir Admoni
Thiago Martins, Fabio Yamaji, Amir Admoni
Amir Admoni, Fabito Rychter
Nick Graham Smith
A line is a dot that went for a walk. This kind of walk can become quite rough, especially if it’s taken on an urban highway. Amir Admoni shows us a São Paulo we have never seen.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Brazil
Mauro in Cayenne Leonardo Mouramateus

A fictitious letter to an uncle who moved far away. Memories of a childhood and descriptions of the present life of a city in upheaval, full of imagination and metaphors.

Mauro in Cayenne

Documentary Film
Brazil
2012
18 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Leonardo Mouramateus
Leonardo Mouramateus
Leonardo Mouramateus, Salomão Santana
Leonardo Mouramateus, Salomão Santana
Lucas Coelho de Cravalho, Rodrigo Fernandes, Leonardo Mouramateus
The director writes a fictitious letter to his uncle Mauro, who left his family for a new start in Cayenne, French-Guyana. The present day is mirrored in stories and snapshots which capture the nephew Marquinho’s childish foolery or the grandmother’s childhood memories. The absent uncle inspires his imagination: of a heroic life of adventure in that faraway place, or what it would be like if Mauro were to re-appear and suddenly walk down the street. Stories from the past, descriptions of the present day, prospects of the future in Fortaleza, a city in transformation where trees must give way to new buildings. Godzilla rising from the sea as a metaphor for the real estate speculators who invade the city to give it a new look. Looking back on childhood. “And you always return home on Sunday morning.”

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Patio

Documentary Film
Brazil
2013
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Antônio Jr.
Aly Muritiba
Elisandro Dalcin
Aly Muritiba, João Menna Barreto
Aly Muritiba
Alexandre Rogoski, João Menna Barreto
In this second part of his prison trilogy, Aly Muritiba sets up a camera behind bars to film a long shot of a prison yard. This makes one feel like a prisoner, while the real inmates seem to enjoy a certain degree of freedom: playing football, practicing Capoeira, or getting visits from their families. The long shots are accompanied by the voice of a prisoner who talks about his detention, the absence of his family and his expectations for the future. A sigh of relief, a ray of sunlight make the idea of freedom behind these bars shine brightly …

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Brazil
Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury Luiz Bolognesi

A Tupinambá warrior fighting against Portuguese colonialist, in slave revolts and the resistance against the military regime – 600 years of Brazilian history in a breathtaking animation.

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury

Animated Film
Brazil
2012
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Fabiano Gullane
Luiz Bolognesi
Rica Amabis, Tejo Damasceno, Pupillo
Anna Caiado, Daniel Greco
Luiz Bolognesi
This new Brazilian animation is both daring and impressive. Daring because it is an attempt to bring together 600 years of Brazilian history. Impressive because it does so in a thrilling love story for adults and tells its tale in breathtaking images. The Tupinambá warrior Abeguar travels through time, fighting the Portuguese colonialists, launching himself into the slave revolts of the 19th century, and taking part in the resistance against the military regime of the 1970s. The immortal hero’s great love for his (mortal) wife Janaína links the episodes and transports both to a fictitious future in 2096, where Abeguar must once more fight against sinister powers and for his love.

---Annegret Richter

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Brazil
The Rê Bordosa Dossier Cesar Cabral

The rise and fall of a 1980s Brazilian cult figure addicted to alcohol, men and a dissipated lifestyle: the comic strip heroine Rê.

2008

The Rê Bordosa Dossier

Animadoc
Brazil
2008
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Cesar Cabral
Cesar Cabral
Claudio Augusto
Marcelo Trotta
Cesar Cabral, Leandro Maciel
Cesar Cabral
Cesar Cabral, Leandro Maciel
Eduardo Santos Mendes
The climate of the 1980s, when the military dictatorship in Brazil was slowly superseded by democracy and freedom of opinion, was favourable to the creation of a woman who was to make quite a splash: Rê Bordosa, the graphic artist Angeli’s legendary cartoon character. Addicted to alcohol, promiscuity and a dissipated lifestyle in general, her bathtub served as the place for self-expression and recovery from her excesses. Always in the company of a good drink, a cigarette or the occasional one-night-stand, she rose to cult status almost immediately. At the end of the 1980s, however, Angeli decided to let his character die.
Two decades later, this documentary animation attempts to shed light on that dark chapter of Brazilian subculture and the motives which lead to the killing of this infamous heroine by the hands of her creator. The testimonies of other characters who shared Rê Bordosa’s cosmos and their creators bring back to life a time of upheavals, of transgressions against traditional moral norms and behaviour. Rê herself would never have wanted anyone to mourn her demise – so all that’s left is for us to enjoy this film!

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Brazil
The Sky Above Sérgio Borges

In the outskirts of Belo Horizonte: a Hare Krishna follower and a football supporter, a transsexual and a philosopher. The human condition, on the edge of fiction.

The Sky Above

Documentary Film
Brazil
2011
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sérgio Borges
Sérgio Borges
Ivo Lopes Araújo
Ricardo Pretti
Sérgio Borges
Bruno Vasconselos
Sérgio Borges follows three people on their daily routines in the suburbs of the city of Belo Horizonte. Murari works in a call centre, is a Hare Krishna devotee and supporter of the popular football team Atlético Mineiro. Everlyn is a transsexual who teaches university courses on gender during the day and prostitutes herself in the streets at night. Lwei, author of various unpublished texts, reflects on existential questions that also arise from the fact that he is the father of a handicapped son.
Borges mixes documentary and fiction but leaves the audience guessing at the boundaries between the two. He observes real individuals in their various environments without sugarcoating anything to highlight the different facets of their personalities. The director is concerned with the big issues like the individual’s search for love, sexual identity, or the various forms of expressing the self. Withholding both judgement and easy answers, he raises his protagonists above their daily life and transforms them into unique individuals, while he manages to create a subtle reflection on the human condition and the weight of our existence.

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Brazil
Tropicalia Marcelo Machado

Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and the revolutionary musical style called Tropicalismo in unknown archive footage and memories of other artists. Swing your hips, baby!

Tropicalia

Documentary Film
Brazil
2012
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marcelo Machado
Eduardo Piagge
Oswaldo Santana
Gabriel Bitar
Di Moretti, Marcelo Machado
François Wolf
In the 1960s, in the midst of the dictatorship, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil gave a strong impulse to the opening and re-formulation of Brazilian music and culture by allowing influences from Pop, Rock and modern mass culture to enter domestic popular music.
“Tropicalia” follows the rise of the two icons of that revolutionary musical trend and, adding the memories of other musicians and artists of the “Tropicalismo”, draws a fascinating picture of the electrifying music and culture of a Brazil about to make a new start. By ingenious selection and montage of partly unpublished archive images, Marcelo Machado draws parallels to the Cinema Novo, theatre and the fine arts, all of which were also undergoing upheavals, and places everything within a social and political framework. Because of its critical and resistive contents, the military regime put a sudden end to this heyday of culture and creative freedom. Exiled in London, Veloso and Gil continued to incorporate local influences into their compositions – a creative process which re-defined “Brazilian” and was founded on the modernistic concept of “cultural cannibalism”.

---Paulo de Carvalho

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.