Ivo Lopes Araújo
as a director of experimental films and documentaries. He is one of the central figures of a filmmakers' collective from Ceará in Brazil, called Alumbramento. His work has been regularly screened at film festivals in Brazil and won several awards. His latest film Odete (2012) was co-directed with Clarissa Campolina and Luiz Pretti.
Ivo Lopes Araújo at IFFR
Avenida Brasilia formosa
The houses in a poor district in the centre of Recife had to make way for a motorway along the coast. How do the inhabitants experience their life and what are their dreams? Colourful fiction film that uses documentary elements shows their memories and desires. The second full-length film by the assistant of Marcelo Gomes and Claudio Assis.
Like Water Through Stone
In a remote mountain area in the beautiful Minas Gerais, Brazil's best documentary maker right now follows four friends at the end of their adolescence for one winter long, as they reach maturity. Impossible loves leave traces on their bodies and in the landscape.
Neverquiet (Film of Wonders)
A collective film, coordinated by Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande (see also The Joy). They sent a letter of ‘unease’ to filmmakers in which they asked for love, utopia and explosions... The many-faceted and poetic result is wonderful to watch and balm to the soul.
The Sky Above
A transsexual academic, a Hare Krishna football supporter and an indolent would-be writer (working on nine books at once). Docu-fiction follows three 'ordinary' men aged about 30 who play their own urban existence. Cinema as a metaphor for who we can be. It has already won five prizes at a leading film festival in Brazil.
Deep in the hinterland of Brazil, in the sleepy town of São Romão, magic and everyday events are juxtaposed in this beautiful debut to create a loving, dreamy story. Bastu (81) has just lost her husband; the grandchildren and her girlfriend Maria help her to pick up the thread again.
A sun-drenched fluid love story between Antonia, Luana and Pedro. Possessed by passion, they are imprisoned in a puzzling game of attraction and rejection. Sensory experience forms part of the trilogy around the star Leandra Leal.
Disturbing, hallucinatory portrait of a difficult mother-daughter relationship whose true nature is only revealed after the mother's death.
Rio Belongs to Us
After receiving a strange picture postcard, Marina knows there’s nothing else to it but to return to Rio de Janeiro, the beautiful city that here seems threatening and almost enchanting. Part of a collective inventive film operation.
They'll Come Back
Cris (12) and her brother are thrown out of the car by their parents after their endless squabbling. That marks the start of a brief ramble through northwestern Brazil. In this modern fable, an upper-class teenager learns to see the world from a different perspective.
After the Rain
Fresh, punky microcosmic drama about the first school council elections after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship, held simultaneously with the first democratic Presidential elections. Sixteen-year-old Caio and Fernanda are caught up in young love and emerging political consciousness.
Urban boy Leo is hazed by his cousin and friends in the dead heat of Brazil's summer. Fabulous contemporary morality tale.
Where I Grow Old
Two young Portuguese women try to put down roots in Brazil. Teresa is newly arrived; Francisca has been there a while. This sure-footed, loving portrait of two counterparts, attracting and repelling, is also an ode to Belo Horizonte: a city with no tourist attractions, but bags of atmosphere and lust for life. With Tiger Talk in Schouwburg Foyer on Thu 4 Feb, 22:00.