An island that is impossible to leave for those who are born there. A man is kidnapped, brought to the island and filmed. Kidnapper Emerson is a young island-born man who has a passionate wish to make a film. He envisions a film about his own life, but needs help with this. His radical solution to get the film made leads to a film about both him and his hostage, re-enacting their lives before the camera, while allowing poetic licence.

When real life increasingly shapes the narrative of the film, things get out of hand, including the film itself. Island is a frame narrative with many layers and references. Partly thanks to the convincing lead cast, the blurring of the lines between (their) fiction and reality is transferred to our notions of cinematic reality. Evolving from a playful game with cinema to an allegoric tale of Brazil’s untold stories. 

 

 

International title
Island
Filmmaker
Ary Rosa, Glenda Nicácio
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Brazil
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
94’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Ary Rosa, Thamires Vieira
Production Company
Rosza Filmes
Sales
Arco Audiovisual
Writer
Ary Rosa
Cinematography
Thacle de Souza, Poliana Costa, Augusto Bortolini
Editor
Thacle de Souza, Poliana Costa
Production Design
Glenda Nicácio
Sound Design
Ary Rosa, Rafael Beck
Music
Moreira
Cast
Aldri Anunciação, Renan Motta, Thacle de Souza, Valdinéia Soriano, Arlete Dias, Aline Brune, Sérgio Laurentino