WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL
[ESTOU ME GUARDANDO PARA QUANDO O CARNAVAL CHEGAR]
Marcelo Gomes (JOAQUIM, ONCE UPON A TIME VERONICA) makes the transition from narrative to documentary with this warm, honest and intimate look at life in Toritama, the self-proclaimed "jeans capital" of Brazil. Most of the city's 40,000 inhabitants are involved in the production of the 20 million pairs of jeans manufactured there each year — cutting, sewing, pressing, tearing and folding, both in the town's textile factories and in make-shift workshops in private garages and backyards, where the workers are independent, but under no less pressure to keep up with demand. However, once a year Carnival arrives, and their constant routine is upended as the town empties onto nearby beaches to enjoy the festivities. For a brief moment, the city's laws of supply and demand cease as the whole community forfeits valuable work hours, sells belongings and does everything possible to enjoy the holiday before a new work cycle begins. Official Selection, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. DIR/SCR Marcelo Gomes; PROD João Vieira Jr., Nara Aragão. Brazil, 2019, color, 86 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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