The unrest in Brazil – where an extreme right-wing government recently took office – proves to be fertile subject matter for this colourful story. Ana, a Portuguese actress, has come to Rio de Janeiro to play the lead in a film about Carmen Miranda, the eccentric actress and singer who put Brazil on the map for its samba and carnival culture. The characters in the story come to life by alternating black-and-white and colour film, but they are at odds with each other as the myth clashes with everyday reality.

Felipe Bragança and Catarina Wallenstein (who also plays the lead role) address a generation of Brazilians eagerly searching for a new identity. References to the Tropicalism art movement and the celebration of ‘cultural cannibalism’ – which arose in part as a form of resistance to the military junta of the late sixties – also play a prominent role in this tropical nightmare.

Screenings

  • Fri 25 Jan KINO 3
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Sat 26 Jan Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Thu 31 Jan Cinerama 7
    English subtitles
    Tickets
Original title
Tragam-me a cabeça de Carmen M.
Filmmaker
Felipe Bragança, Catarina Wallenstein
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Brazil, Portugal
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
61’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Felipe Bragança, Catarina Wallenstein
Sales
Felipe Bragança
Writer
Felipe Bragança, Catarina Wallenstein
Cinematography
Guilherme Tostes
Editor
Karen Black
Production Design
Lia Maia
Sound Design
Fernando Henna
Cast
Helena Ignez, Catarina Wallenstein, Higor Campagnaro, Marcos Sacramento, Lux Négre, Luis Montenegro, Priscila Lima