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Brazil, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Through the Labyrinth: New Latin American Cinema)

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho


“Superbly constructed, skillfully acted and beautifully lensed... That Filho can juggle so many important issues without being heavyhanded or dropping even one speaks volumes about his strengths as scripter, helmer and co-editor.” - Variety

A multitude of lives intersect, collide and unravel amidst the claustrophobic surrounds of an upscale Recife apartment complex in Neighbouring Sounds, the debut full-length feature from Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho.

From the middle-class anomie of housewife Beatriz to the unruly family of complex major-domo Francisco and aspiring private security contractor Clodoaldo, Filho constructs a riveting cross-section of contemporary Brazilian society at a time when rapid economic progress is throwing the certainties of old into disarray. Affectionately told, precisely executed and sumptuously shot, Neighbouring Sounds is an assured work from a powerful new voice in Brazilian cinema.

Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

D/S Kleber Mendonça Filho P Emilie Lesclaux WS FiGa Films L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012

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