Cléopatra

  • 116'
  • Brazil
  • 2007
Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt and the greatest myth of antiquity. She was at the very heart of political ambition, strategic daring and the unbridled ambition that were needed to hold both Greek and Egyptian cultures in an iron grip. But she was also a woman who wrestled with her own inner issues.
Júlio Bressane, Film Maker in Focus in Rotterdam in 2000, had the daring to tackle this historically pregnant moment. His Cleopatra is a sensible and sensitive creature who winds Roman rulers around her finger with her intelligent sensuality. Bressane uses many means to portray this play with eroticism and power: the beautiful rhythmically refined soundtrack by Guilherme Vaz, the flowery, lyrical declamation in Portuguese by all the protagonists (especially Cleopatra, Caesar and Mark Anthony), the sober yet inventive sets and costumes and the occasionally beautiful acting, especially by Alessandra Negrini as Cleopatra. Sober, sometimes photographed in an almost theatrical way, the passionate drama unfolds.
Bressane himself says: 'Lyrical, tragical, musical, an immersion of passion into reason, an intellectual crossbreeding, a mixture of cultures, a blending state of madness and being sensible, a 'rêverie culturelle'... that's Cleópatra.' (EH)

Director
Júlio Bressane
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
116'
Medium
35mm
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Tarcísio Vidigal, Lúcia Fares
Production Companies
Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV, Filmes de Rio de Janeiro
Sales
Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV
Screenplay
Rosa Dias, Júlio Bressane
Cinematography
Walter Carvalho
Editor
Rodrigo Lima
Production Design
Moa Batsow
Sound Design
Virgínia Flores, Leandro Lima
Music
Guilherme Vaz
Cast
Alessandra Negrini, Miguel Falabella