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FILME: Obra
OBRA debuts at Toronto International Film Festival
03 de setembro de 2014

A young architect embarking upon his first major project is unexpectedly brought face to face with dark secrets from his ancestral past, in this stunningly shot feature debut from Brazilian writer-director Gregorio Graziosi.

 

Critic by Diana Sanchez

 

Writer-director Gregorio Graziosi uses stark cinematography and dense soundscapes to give palpable presence to the city of Sao Paulo in this technically striking debut feature about a man compelled to uncover the shadowy truth about his origins.

 

Joao Carlos Ribeiro de Almeido Neto (Irandhir Santos) is beginning to feel the weight of his sizeable name as he embarks on a major architectural project. Awaiting the birth of his first son, the young architect is going through a time of intense change — which is exacerbated by the discovery of some unexpected skeletons in his ancestral past. During the project's excavation, a clandestine cemetery is unearthed on a plot belonging to his family, leaving Joao grappling with some difficult questions about the means by which his inherited wealth and standing were accrued.

 

Joao journeys through the city, led by his conscience to collect clues about his family history. His moral malaise begins to manifest itself physically, affecting his back, his bones, and eventually his ability to walk — but, as the naming of his son is imminent, discovering the truth about his family takes on a grave urgency.

 

Gorgeously shot in black and white, OBRA atmospherically depicts the seemingly endless metropolis of Sao Paulo. Precise, austere camerawork portrays the haphazard cityscape in which the view from one building is often the wall of another.

 

Graziosi's Sao Paulo is cold, concrete, and distant, reflecting Joao's relationships with his parents, wife, and co-workers. As we accompany Joao on his quest, it becomes clear that the ghosts from the past cannot be quieted, even in a city as immense and sprawling as Sao Paulo.

 

TIFF SCREENING SCHEDULE

DISCOVERY PROGRAMM

06/set

Press & Industry

12:00 noon

Scotiabank Theatre 05

07/set

PUBLIC

6:45 PM

Bell Lightbox Cinema 04

09/set

PUBLIC

11:00 AM

AGO Jackman Hall

11/set

Press & Industry

2:15 PM

Scotiabank Theatre 11

13/set

PUBLIC

09:00 AM

Scotiabank Theatre 11

 

More information at the Tiff website.

 

 

Mais notícias sobre o filme Obra
OBRA GRANTED PRODAV 07
Obra in the competition for Netflix Prize 2016
Graziosi's Filmography at La Cinémathèque
Obra at the Chicago International Film Festival
OBRA's Cinematography in highlight
OBRA in Brazilian Theaters
OBRA at the "Cinémathèque Française"
"Obra" in Variety magazine
 
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