An existential urban thriller set in one of the ubiquitous gated communities in contemporary Brazil, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s acclaimed debut offers a panoramic view of the fears and class anxieties riddling a country still haunted by its colonial past. The collection of residents in a Recife housing complex, which includes an aging patriarch, his son, and a pot-smoking mother, are all brought together when a series of petty crimes take place, prompting the mysterious arrival of a security firm determined to watch over the neighborhood. Mendonça’s film brilliantly connects the physical barriers of the urban landscape and the divisions eroding the social fabric.
Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Runtime: 131 minutes
This screening will be introduced by Paul Dallas, organizer of the urban film series Cinematic Sites, at 2:45 pm.
Presented in conjunction with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.