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Sugar

Sérgio Oliveira, Renata Pinheiro

Ultra-rich vs. poverty stricken, white vs. black: these contradictions – a result of slavery’s long history – tear Brazilian society apart to this day. Directors Sérgio Oliveira and Renata Pinheiro, who also wrote the script, show this through the fortunes of a female member of the rich elite using hallucinatory, almost magic-realist dream sequences. 

Full of nostalgia, wealthy Bethania Wanderley (Maeve Jinkings) returns to her family estate and former sugar plantation. A conflict awaits her: having taken over the land, the former plantation workers also want the sugar cane mill, to turn it into a slavery museum. Wanderley refuses to relinquish the family property and continues her almost colonial lifestyle. This brings her into direct conflict with workers’ leader Zé, but also with her own past and deep-seated prejudices. 

Screenings

  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy
  • Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy
  • Kino 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Sérgio Oliveira, Renata Pinheiro
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Brazil
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Sérgio Oliveira, Letícia Friedrich, Juca Worcman, João Worcman
Production Company
Aroma Filmes, Boulevard Filmes, Canal Brasil, Synapse
Sales
Boulevard Filmes
Writer
Sérgio Oliveira, Renata Pinheiro
Cinematography
Fernando Lockett
Editor
Adelina Bichis
Production Design
Tiago Melo
Sound Design
Manuel de Andrés
Music
Guile Martins, Julia Zakia
Cast
Maeve Jinkings, Dandara de Morais, Magali Biff, Zé Maria