Marina Meliande at IFFR
Luiza (16) has had enough of stories about the end of the world. On Christmas Eve, her cousin is shot; a few weeks later she bumps into him as a ghost. In a conscious change of style with many recent Brazilian films, The Joy is utopian and fairy-tale: an ode to young courage.
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.
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.
HISTÓRIAS que só existem quando lembradas
Beautifully photographed fable about a ghost village where no one has died since 1976, where old people are stuck in their memories - until the arrival of a young female photographer changes things. Also a melancholy ode to the heydays of the coffee plantations in the Paraíba Valley, once the symbol of Brazil.
Claun (Part 1: Ayana's Week of Adventures)
Dream and reality mingle in this fable for young and old. An adventurous quest for the killers' identities starts when Ayana's father disappears, just before carnival. She slowly unravels the secret traditions of the masked Brazilian carnival clowns.
Rio de Janeiro, 2016: the city simmers in anticipation of the Olympic Games. Lawyer Ana (32) defends the interests of residents of homes to be replaced by stadiums, roads and luxury hotels. Is the heat affecting her perception or is the struggle becoming visible on her skin? Beautiful, intriguing, stifling debut.