The Joy

  • 100'
  • Brazil
  • 2009
'A superhero film' is the subtitle of The Joy, the second part of a trilogy on present day Brazilian teenagers. With their juvenile energy and optimism, they emphatically resist the fatalism of older generations, who can see the end of the world approaching.
Luiza (Tainá Medina, at 16 years of age a real discovery) is at the centre of a group of schoolchildren, and tackles the evil outside world with a vivid imagination and the secret powers this brings. Luiza believes that, with enough willpower, she can walk through a wall. Her cousin João, who hides in her house after shooting himself in the foot, acts as a kind of ghostly apparition.
Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande also resist the older generation; they’ve had enough of the realism and the penchant for 1960s ideals in Brazilian cinema. The Joy was largely made with young amateur actors and emerged from a series of workshops and rehearsals.
Directors
Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
100'
Medium
35mm
Original title
A alegria
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Felipe Bragança, Larissa Frigotto, Marina Meliande
Production Companies
Duas Mariola Filmes, Arissas Multimidia
Sales
FiGa Films
Cinematography
Andrea Capella
Editor
Marina Meliande
Production Design
Gustavo Bragança
Sound Design
Virginia Flores, Marina Meliande
Music
Lucas Marcier
Cast
Flora Dias
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
http://www.aalegriafilm.com