DRY GROUND BURNING
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Sisters Chitara and Léa and their queer biker gang are oil pirates, hijacking gas to resell to the motos of Sol Nascente, a favela outside Brasília. Léa is fresh from a six-year stint in jail, reconnecting to her life on the outside, while Chitara has her sights set on local politics. Both sisters united against a repressive government. Filmmakers Adirley Queirós (ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA; WHITE OUT, BLACK IN) and Joana Pimenta spent three years in Sol Nascente filming this hybrid docu-drama, a genre-defying firecracker. Slyly subverting expectations, they seamlessly combine elements of dystopian sci-fi, classic Western tropes, observational documentary techniques and even nods to the musical to create something wholly original. Winner, Best Portuguese Film and Feature Film Grand Prize, 2022 IndieLisboa Film Festival; Winner, Grand Prize, 2022 Cinéma du Réel Film Festival. Official Selection, 2022 Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and New York film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Adirley Queirós; DIR/SCR Joana Pimenta. Brazil/Portugal, 2022, color, 153 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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