The Mysterious Death of Pérola

  • 62'
  • Brazil
  • 2014
A slow, obscure murder mystery about a young student who leaves her country, home and boyfriend to study art in a French city. She lives alone in a beautiful, but dark, old apartment where paintings stare at her and doors seem to have a life of their own. She's lonely and slowly loses herself in nostalgia and fear making dream, fantasy and reality merge with one another. Caravaggio, Renoir and Greuze reproductions combined with music from Ravel, Webern and Boulez create a special atmosphere whereby the boundaries between characters, set and story become diffuse. Director Guto Parente, who also plays one of the leads, manages to translate the girl's mental state and the mysterious state of the house into suitably dark cinematic language. The varied camerawork provides some relief without breaking the tension.
Director
Guto Parente
Premiere
International premiere
Countries of production
Brazil, France
Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
62'
Medium
DCP
Original title
A misteriosa morte de Pérola
Languages
French, Portuguese
Producers
Guto Parente, Ticiana Augusto Lima
Production Company
Alumbramento & Tardo
Sales
Alumbramento & Tardo
Screenplay
Guto Parente
Cinematography
Ticiana Augusto Lima, Guto Parente
Editor
Guto Parente
Production Design
Ticiana Augusto Lima
Sound Design
Érico Paiva
Music
Uirá dos Reis, Rodrigo Dario, Simon Fernandes
Cast
Ticiana Augusto Lima, Guto Parente
Website
http://www.alumbramento.com.br/en