How to make a film in a country that is losing its identity? This is the question facing Fernando, the protagonist in A Yellow Animal: a bankrupt, thirty-something-white-male filmmaker from Brazil. On the basis of the adventures of this alter ego, versatile and productive director Felipe Bragança gives an imaginative, melancholy, provocative and colourful answer to this question in his new film.

Obsessed by this grandfather's past, and pursued from an early age by the spirit of a Mozambiquan, Fernando's odyssey takes him to Mozambique and Portugal, ever closer to the roots of Brazil's cultural dilemma. A Yellow Animal argues for a Brazilian film that causes nationalist, ethnic and colonial boundaries to fade. Because, as with the best trips, in this tragicomic fable it's not so much about the destination, but the unpredictable journey.

Original title
Um animal amarelo
Filmmaker
Felipe Bragança
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
115’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Marina Meliande, Luís Urbano
Production Company
Duas Mariola Filmes, O Som e a Fúria
Sales
Shellac
Writer
Felipe Bragança
Cinematography
Glauco Firpo
Editor
Marina Meliande, Karen Black
Production Design
Dina Salem Levy
Sound Design
Fernando Henna
Music
Jonas Sá, Ricardo Dias Gomes
Cast
Higor Campagnaro, Catarina Wallenstein, Isabél Zuaa, Tainá Medina, Matamba Joaquim, LucÍlia Raimundo, Diogo Dória