In the Diamantina Mountains of Brazil in 1821, shortly before independence, a slave trader (Adriano Carvalho) finds that his wife has died in labor. He decides to marry his late wife's niece (Luana Nastas), and leaves her to her own devices while he dedicates himself to his trading expeditions. With atmospheric black-and-white imagery, writer/director Daniela Thomas (FOREIGN LAND, LINHA DE PASSE) abandons the nostalgia of exotic colonial myths and concentrates on her charismatic actors, whose performances illuminate their ancestors' stories: the black slaves, white masters and members of the indigenous population that form their country's identity. (Note adapted from Berlin Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Daniela Thomas; SCR/PROD Beto Amaral; PROD Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira. Brazil/Portugal, 2017, b&w, 116 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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