Arábia
Arábia

Arábia

Director Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans

Production year 2017

Length 96min.

Country Brazil

SYNOPSIS

Andre is a young boy that lives in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, near an old aluminum factory. Once a week, his aunt Márcia, a voluntary nurse at the community hospital, visits him and his younger brother to help them with the domestic tasks, while their mother is away. One day, one of the factory workers, Cristiano, a foreigner with a turbulent background in the neighborhood, suffers an accident at the factory. Márcia gives him first aid right in front of the factory, and asks André to go to Cristiano's house to get his documents and some clothes. When André arrives there, he finds by chance a mysterious notebook, which he starts to read. André discovers that Cristiano started writing this notebook for the factory's theatre group, where these workers were asked to write down something about their lives. But Cristiano couldn’t stop writing. As a  fairy tale, the film divides itself, and plunges into Cristiano's life. And what we see and listen from this point on is the epic story of the latter’s life - a worker's life whose happiness and sufferings reveal from another point of view the story of Brazilian social and economic development in the last ten years.

Awards

Special Mention | Buenos Aires IFF, Argentina, 2017

Grand Prize City of Lisbon, Honorable Mention | IndiLisboa IFF, , 2017

CAST & CREW

Affonso Uchôa
Affonso Uchôa

Director

Producer

Vitor Graize

Script

Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans

Director of Photography

Leonardo Feliciano

Production designer

Priscila Amoni, Janaína Macruz

Music by

Francisco Cesar, Christopher Mack

Sound

Gustavo Fiorante

Edit

Luiz Pretti, Rodrigo Lima

Cast

Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliai, Glaucia Vandeveld, Renata Cabral, Renato Novaes, Wederson Neguinho, Adriano Araújo, Renan Rovida

Affonso Uchôa

Affonso Uchôa is a filmmaker based in Contagem, Brasil. He wrote and directed the feature Afternoon Woman (2010), shown in Mostra de Tiradentes, Semana dos Realizadores and CineEsquemaNovo. In 2014, he directed The Hidden Tiger. The film has been considered by many critics one of the most important brazilian films of the year, receiving the award for Best Picture in the Mostra de Tiradentes; the film was also awarded in festivals like Semana dos Realizadores, Cachoeira.doc, Olhar de Cinema, Mostra de Cinema e Direitos Humanos and it was internationally exhibited for the first time at the Hamburg FF, 2015. He also directed the short Desígnio (2009), exhibited in numerous Brazilian film festivals.


Filmography

Afternoon Woman (2010), The Hidden Tiger (2014), Desígnio (2009), Arábia (2017, Co-dir.).(Producer) - Professionals (2008) - Endless Dreams (2009) - Hush! Girls Don't Scream (2013)


João Dumans
João Dumans

Director

João Dumans

João Dumans is a screenwriter and director based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He wrote the feature film Where I grow old, directed by Marília Rocha that premiered internationally at the Rotterdam IFF, in the Tiger Competition Award, 2016. He co-wrote, co-edited and worked as an assistant director of the feature The Hidden Tiger, directed by Affonso Uchoa, that premiered at the Hamburg FF, 2015. He also worked as an executive producer and assistant director of The Residents, directed by Tiago Mata Machado, that premiered at the 61st Berlinale and was shown, among other festivals, at the Viennale (Austria), New Horizons (Poland) and Indielisboa (Portugal), in 2011. He also directed the medium-length documentary Everybody Has His Own Way (2014).


Filmography

The Hidden Tiger (2014), Everybody Has His Own Way (2014), Arábia (2017, Co-dir.)

FILMS 2017