Ruy Guerra is the kind of auteur that contemporary movie culture seems to have ever more problems with: one cannot pinpoint him in a national, cultural nor in an aesthetic fashion. Trained in France, Guerra is an internationally successful filmmaker who worked mainly in Brazil (essential Cinema Novo classics Os Fuzis, 1964 and Os deuses e os mortos, 1970) but also in Portugal, Mexico (art house favourite Eréndira, 1983), France and his native Mozambique, whose post-independence film production he helped build up.

Always experimenting with styles, every new work is a surprise (his penchant for all things Brecht perhaps being the only constant factor to his art). In Pieces is no exception to this non-rule, for he never did anything quite like this hallucinatory, ultra-stylized black-and-white piece of Kafka noir about one man and his two lovers – in the same apartment and yet oceans apart.

Original title
Aos pedaços
Filmmaker
Ruy Guerra
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Brazil
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Janaina Diniz Guerra
Production Company
Kinossaurus Filmes
Sales
Kinossaurus Filmes
Writer
Ruy Guerra, Luciana Mazzotti
Cinematography
Pablo Baião
Editor
Mair Tavares, Daniel Garcia
Sound Design
Bernardo Uzeda
Music
Fracktura
Cast
Emilio de Mello, Simone Spoladore, Cristiana Ubach, Julio Adrião