Portuguese films ‘Alva’, by Ico Costa, ‘Bruno Aleixo’, by João Moreira and Pedro Santo, and ‘Patrick’, by Gonçalo Waddington, compete at the 43rd São Paulo International Film Festival this month in Brazil.
According to information available on the festival’s official website, in addition to ‘Alva’, ‘Bruno Aleixo’ and ‘Patrick’, the Portuguese New Coproduction Competition ‘Bring Me the Head of Carmen M.’ from Portuguese Catarina Wallenstein and from Brazilian Felipe Bragança.
‘Alva’, Ico Costa’s first fiction feature film, which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival earlier this year, “tells the story of Henrique, a man who lives alone in the interior of Portugal, who after having taken custody of his daughters, one day he goes in search of the psychologist in charge of the process to obtain some kind of revenge. ”
“From that moment on, he hides in the forest for several days, trying no more than to survive,” according to producer Terratreme.
‘Bruno Aleixo’s film’ focuses on Bruno Aleixo, a humorous character created by João Moreira and Pedro Santo that appeared on the internet in 2008.
‘Bruno Aleixo’s film’ was recorded between Anadia (in Bairrada) and Coimbra, with the participation of actors such as Gonçalo Waddington, Jose Raposo, Rogério Samora, Adriano Luz or José Neto.
‘Patrick’ is Gonçalo Waddington’s first feature film as a director. In the movie, Luso-French actor Hugo Fernandes is Patrick, a young adult living in Paris who is detained at a party one night. The authorities discover his true identity and Patrick is, after all, Mario, a Portuguese who had been kidnapped and separated from his family in Portugal at the age of 12.
Kidnapping is just the backdrop to a fiction about conflict and identity: who is Patrick/Mário between life in Paris, the reunion with his family in Portugal, the deep connection with the pedophile man who kidnapped him, and the definition of individuality between adolescence and adulthood.
In ‘Bring Me the Head of Carmen M’, Ana, a Portuguese actress in Rio de Janeiro (played by Catarina Wallenstein, who signs with Felipe Bragança) “plunges into the current Brazilian political nightmare as she prepares to embody the role from the fantastic Luso-Brazilian Carmen Miranda, in a mysterious film ahead “, according to the synopsis of the film.
In the International Perspective section of the 43rd International Film Festival in São Paulo, six other Portuguese films will be screened: ‘Campo’, by Tiago Hespanha, ‘Hálito Azul’ and ‘Surdina’, by Rodrigo Areias, ‘Technoboss’, by João Nicolau , ‘Sadness and joy in the life of giraffes’, by Tiago Guedes, and ‘Viveiro’, by Pedro Filipe Marques.
In addition, the program of the 43rd São Paulo International Film Festival, which runs from 17 to 30 this month, also includes João Vladimiro’s’ Anteu ‘, Eduardo Brito’s’ Declive’, and ‘Ambulatory through from the poetry of Augusto dos Anjos and António Nobre ‘, by Pedro Bastos.