The film ‘Raiva’ by Sérgio Tréfaut is scheduled to debut Thursday in Brazil, and is part of the country’s reality, which ‘is heading for the absolute catastrophe with the Bolsonaro government,’ says Carolina Dias, the producer. Refinery Films.
“I believe that ‘Raiva’ will have great reception in Brazil by critics and the public… It is about a theme that remains, unfortunately, still contemporary and universal- the struggle for land, for survival, for hunger in the case of Brazil, this fight is far from over, especially with this new (dis) government, “stressed Brazilian producer Carolina Dias.
‘Raiva’, a co-production between Portugal, Brazil and France, directed by Sérgio Tréfaut, takes place in the 1950s, in the fields of Baixo Alentejo, under the dictatorship of Oliveira Salazar, and shows an interior desolated by extreme poverty, in the view of the Brazilian producer, could help Brazil to reflect on the times that the South American country is going through now.
“In Brazil, today, we are going back in time, but for much before the 1950s. There is a lot of violence here, but it is necessary for the population to understand that violence will only improve when everyone can live and hopefully the ‘rage’ [film] will help to spark debate and reflection, much needed in the times we live in, “he said.
Sérgio Tréfaut, director of the film, born in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, shares the opinion of Carolina Dias and argues that “Raiva” is an extremely current film for Brazil, “portraying a situation of abuse perpetrated by those who have financial means and perverts political power, religious power, the police and, implicitly, the judiciary. ”
The film closed in May last year the IndieLisboa festival, was presented in different international shows and premiered in the Portuguese commercial circuit at the end of October, in rooms of Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Évora.
‘Rage’ is part of the novel ‘Seara de Vento’, by Manuel da Fonseca, one of the key works of neorealist literature. It was originally published in 1958 but was soon banned by the Estado Novo dictatorship until its fall in 1974.
The narrative focuses on the drama of a family in a rural environment, affected by poverty and injustice. Like the literary work, the film addresses even current issues of power and poverty.
“These problems exist and will always have to be solved, regardless of who comes and says the solution is found,” said Tréfaut in May when the work was presented at IndieLisboa.
Known mainly for documentary work, Sérgio Tréfaut signs in “Raiva” the second feature film of fiction, after “Viaje a Portugal” (2011).
‘Another Country’ (2000), ‘Fleurette’ (2002), ‘Lisbon people’ (2004), ‘The City of the Dead’ (2009), ‘Alentejo, Alentejo’ (2014) and ‘Treblinka’ (2016) are previous films of the Portuguese director, who was born in Brazil in 1965.