The top 10 films you should watch at this year’s Festival Do Rio
Festival Do Rio is back in town. Running until 8th October 2014, the festival will feature 350 Brazilian and international films, screening in 30 venues across the city. Here are our top picks of the not-to-be missed films this year:
The closing film for this year’s festival is Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’. The director of ‘Billy Elliot’and ‘The Reader’brings this film adapted from Andy Mulligan’s 2012 novel about three boys who live dangerous situations as they try to unravel a secret hidden in a wallet found at the dump where they live.
2. 1001 grams of Bent Hammer (Norway)
A recently divorced, work-obsessed lab technician finds herself encountering a whole new world of experience when she attends an important scientific conference in Paris, in this charming offbeat comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories, O’Horten).
3. Now what? Remind me Joaquim Pinto (Portugal)
An extraordinary and personal reflection on life, love, suffering and impermanence. Shot over a year, during which its maker, Joaquim Pinto - a mainstay of Portuguese cinema for more than 30 years - participates in clinical trials to treat his long-term H.I.V. and hepatitis C infections, this hypnotic video essay eases the discomforts of the flesh with the comforts of moviemaking.
4. Ida , PawełPawlikowski (Poland)
We are so used to constant movement and compulsive cutting in American movies that the stillness of Polish film “Ida”comes as something of a shock in it’s expressive use of silence and portraiture. Director, Pawel Pawlikowski, left Poland years ago, for England, “Ida”is a charged, bitter return. Set in 1961, during the Stalinist dictatorship, the movie pushes still further into the past; almost every element in the story evokes the war years and their aftermath. Confronting a birthplace never forgiven, but also never abandoned.
5. Kill a man , Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile)
Jorge is a tranquil, middle-class family man whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs. His comparatively fortunate existence makes him the target of their intimidation one night, and a hulking outlaw robs him of his insulin needle. Jorge’s teenage son boldly tries to stand up for his father, which only serves to unleash the bully’s terrorising reign of threats upon the family. As Jorge’s family suffers from fear and humiliating anguish, the situation paints him as a deficient patriarch—until he’s cornered into defending what’s his.
6. Mommy , Xavier Dolan (Canada) - pictured above
The 25-year-old film-maker Xavier Dolan brings white trash and black comedy with a grey area of tragedy and heartbreak. An uproariously emotional movie, to all appearances painfully personal and featuring performances which are almost operatic in scale.
7. Timbuktu , Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)
Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, the film is a stunningly shot condemnation of intolerance and its annihilation of diversity, told in a way that clearly denounces without resorting to cardboard perpetrators. Most news reports from the time focused on the destruction by foreign Islamic fundamentalists of Timbuktu’s cultural heritage sites - unconscionable acts that scar a people’s psyche. Sissako powerfully alludes to this within the first few minutes, as a truckload of jihadists machine-gun traditional masks and statuettes.
8. Prometo Um Dia Deixar Essa Cidade, Daniel Aragon
This is the second feature of the Daniel Aragon, who before the session asks the public to open their ears to a ‘sensory experience’, the film follows the efforts of Joli to reinsert reality into her family after leaving a rehab. Back at home, she finds her boyfriend Hugo as political adviser to her father Antonio, in a full campaign to become mayor of Recife.
9. Favela Gay
Produced by Renata Almeida Magalhães and Carlos Diegues , the documentary Favela Gay portrays the lives of gays , transsexuals and transgender people in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro . One of the firsts of the International Film Festival of Rio, a documentary that follows the routine and the difficulties of nine people who assume homosexuality in communities of Vidigal, Rocinha, Complexo da Maré, German, Andaraí, Rio das Pedras and City God.
10. “Trinta”Paulo Machline
One of the greatest Brazilian artists who was responsible for transforming the Rio carnival in an event of worldwide exposure, the figure of Joãosinho is strong in the popular imagination. However, despite ever-present in the media, few know the journey from anonymity to public recognition. And this is the unexplored side of his life that the film will portray, whetting the curiosity of viewers.
Festival do Rio 2014
September 24 to October 8
For further info check at: http://www.festivaldorio.com.br/en/