Periscópio

  • 85'
  • Brazil
  • 2013
Two men in an apartment, shut off from the world. Or is this maybe the world? It’s not clear why 76-year-old Eric and 43-year-old Elvio are together. The young man tends the old one and does odd jobs. They are bored and quarrel, seemingly waiting for death. But in their loneliness, they are condemned to each other, because there is no other world than this.
One day, a man-sized periscope sticks up from the floor. Who or what thinks it is necessary to keep an eye on their grey lives? God? The NSA? Or is it the downstairs neighbour? Kiko Goifman’s absurd and theatrical feature debut, which mixes documentary with fictional styles just like his non-fiction work, wonders what changes when you know you are being watched. Does the eye of a stranger suddenly give life any point? Does it illuminate loneliness? Or is this periscope maybe the mind’s eye, and are Eric and Elvio looking at themselves?

Director
Kiko Goifman
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
International title
Periscope
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Jurandir Müller
Production Company
Paleoteve Produção Cultural
Sales
Paleoteve Produção Cultural
Screenplay
Kiko Goifman, Jean-Claude Bernardet
Cinematography
Julia Zakia
Editor
Vânia Debs, Olivia Brenga
Production Design
Maíra Mesquita
Sound Design
DJ Dolores
Music
DJ Dolores
Cast
Jean-Claude Bernadet, João Miguel
Local Distributor
Vitrine Filmes