Mendonça based his second horror film on the legend of ‘the cotton girl’: in the 1970s, a dead girl appeared in the public toilets in Recife, frightening everybody. She still startles people with her appearance in the shadows. This unusual meta-docu-thriller was rightly praised, partly thanks to its cinematographic qualities. The brilliantly crafted and closely edited (photographic) images suggest a shocking, slowed down motion. In combination with the strikingly meticulous sound mix, they emphasise the personal style of Mendonça.

Original title
A menina do algodão
Filmmaker
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Daniel Bandeira
Country
Brazil
Year
2002
Medium
35mm
Length
7’
Language
Producer
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Daniel Bandeira
Production Company
CinemaScopio
Sales
Synapse
Writer
Daniel Bandeira, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Cinematography
Kleber Mendonça Filho
Editor
Daniel Bandeira, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Cast
Daniel Bandeira