Elon Doesn't Believe in Death

  • 75'
  • Brazil
  • 2016

Madalena has vanished. Elon saw his wife yesterday before she left for work but when he went to pick her up, she was nowhere to be found. Her colleagues don’t know where she is, she isn’t in one of the hospitals and the police think it’s too soon to file a missing person’s report. And so Elon wanders Belo Horizonte at night, past endless concrete and favelas. Life in the metropolis seems dimmed, as if it too awaits Madalena’s return.
The camera sticks close to Elon, pulling us further into his world. It’s a claustrophobic one, and increasingly so. Whilst others shrug their shoulders, dismissing his worries, Elon’s restlessness increases. He tacks back and forth between doubt and paranoia, which doesn’t help his grip on reality. The minimalist, haunting soundtrack by Daniel Saveedra and Pablo Lamar (of La última tierra fame) punctuates this impressive report on a disintegrating life.

Director
Ricardo Alves Jr
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Elon não acredita na morte
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Ricardo Alves Jr / EntreFilmes, Thiago Macêdo Correia / EntreFilmes, Silvia Cruz, Julia Alves / Punta Colorada de Cinema, Michael Wahrmann / Sancho Filmes
Production Companies
Entrefilmes, Punta Colorada de Cinema, Sancho Filmes
Sales
EntreFilmes
Screenplay
Diego Hoefel, João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr
Cinematography
Matheus Rocha
Editor
Frederico Benevides, Michael Wahrmann
Production Design
Diogo Hayashi
Music
Daniel Saavedra
Cast
Lourenço Mutarelli, Silvana Stein, Germano Melo, Rômulo Braga, Clara Choveaux
Website
http://www.entrefilmes.com.br/Elon-nao-Acredita-na-Morte