Location: Bartos Screening Room
Introduced by Ela Bittencourt.
Preceded by the short films Mangrove and Pattaki
Wandering Flesh. Dirs. Grace Passô, Ricardo Alves, Jr. 2019, 50 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles. One of Brazil’s most brilliant contemporary dramaturgs and actors, Grace Passô—known for starring in such films as André Novais Oliveira’s Long Way Home and Mauríio Martins and Gabriel Martins’s In the Heart of the World—co-directs with Alves, Jr. a film adaptation of her internationally touring drama, Wandering Flesh. On an empty stage, a disembodied voice speaks of a case of spirit possession, or a reincarnation. Passô acts as the bodily host for the erudite, angry spirit—and slowly, miraculously, conducts the viewer into a world poisoned by arbitrary notions of gender, sex, and race, which end in violence.
Mangrove (Dir. Amaranta Cesar, 2018, 22 mins.) and Pattaki (Dir. Everlane Morães, 2018, 20 mins.) Shot in a traditional quilombo of the descendants of African slaves, Mangrove beautifully captures the affirmative power of ancestry and rural communities, but also the distant pull of city life. Meanwhile the nocturnal Pattaki, which Morães filmed in Cuba, transports us into a dreamlike world permeated by the Yoruba sea spirit, Yemaya (North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2020).
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