Brazil appears strong at Cannes Festival 2019
In a moment of uncertainty regarding investments in audiovisual, Brazil will have a large presence at the Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious in the world, with a film and a co-production in the competition, a feature in the show One Right Look and another in the fortnight. of the Directors. The event begins this Tuesday 14 and runs until May 25 in the city of the French Riviera.
Kleber Mendonça Filho returns to the dispute for Palme d'Or, three years after Aquarius and the protest against impeachment process of then President Dilma Rousseff. Now in partnership with Juliano Dornelles, he directs Bacurau, again with Sonia Braga in the cast, as well as Karine Teles and Barbara Colen and German Udo Kier, who worked with directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Lars Von Trier. The production, described as a western with adventure and science fiction, takes place in a village in the backlands. After the death of beloved Dona Carmelita (Lia de Itamaracá), 94, residents realize that the village has disappeared from the map.
Already The Traitor, directed by Marco Bellocchio, is a co-production of Brazil with Italy, Germany and France, partially filmed in Rio de Janeiro and starring Maria Fernanda Cândido. Bellocchio, one of the leading Italian filmmakers today, tells the real story of Tommaso Buscetta, a mobster who lived for years in Brazil. Maria Fernanda plays his third wife, Maria Cristina. In 1983, he was arrested and, after being extradited to Italy, decided to report to the court the activities of the Sicilian mafia Cosa Nostra, being the first boss of the organization to do so, leading to the arrest of approximately 500 people. The feature also competes for the Golden Palm.
Ceará filmmaker Karim Aïnouz also returns to Cannes, where he was with Madame Satan and The Silver Abyss, with Euridice Gusmão's Invisible Life, which will be screened in the show A Certain Gaze. Based on Martha Batalha's book, the film follows the sisters Eurydice and Guida in the 1950s. The first wants to be a pianist, the second dreams of a great novel. After running away with her boyfriend, Guida returns pregnant and is expelled from home. Separated, the two spend their lives seeking reunion. The director interviewed 70- to 90-year-old women who lived at the time to make the film.
The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão is one of three productions by Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira in Cannes. The other two are international: Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, and Danielle Lessovitz's Port Authority, made in partnership with Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions.
In her feature film debut, Alice Furtado landed Without Her Blood at Cannes' main parallel show, the Director's Fortnight. Silvia (Luiza Kosovski), an introspective and somewhat apathetic teenager, enters into an intense relationship with Arthur (Juan Paiva), until a serious accident occurs.
Bacurau will face twenty films in the dispute for the Golden Palm, selected by the team of delegate general Thierry Frémaux. Contestants include stamped figures of the festival, such as Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (with The Young Ahmed), twice Golden Palm winners, and Englishman Ken Loach (with Sorry We Missed You), who also has two palms at home.
Quentin Tarantino, who won the 1994 Pulp Fiction Award - Time for Violence, presents Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the role of Sharon Tate, the pregnant murdered Roman Polanski actress and wife of eight months, by the group of Charles Manson. The feature recreates Hollywood in transformation in the late 1960s.
Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar is in the competition for the seventh time with Dor e Glória, starring two of the most important actors in his career, Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz. Banderas plays a declining filmmaker, who remembers moments of his life.
Terrence Malick (with A Hidden Life), Palestinian Elia Suleiman (It Must Be Heaven), Frenchman Arnaud Desplechin (Oh Mercy!), Canadian Franc Xavier Dolan (Matthias & Maxime) and Tunisian are back. France-based Abdellatif Kechiche (Intermezzo), who won the Golden Palm with Blue Is the Hottest Color in 2013.
But the competition also made room for younger names, such as the four women who equal the record for female presence in the Golden Palm contest. French Justine Triet (with Sybil) and Céline Sciamma (Portrait of Lady on Fire), Austrian Jessica Hausner (Little Joe) and French Senegalese Mati Diop (Atlantique) make their debut in the section.