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Açúcar

 Açúcar

Original name: Açúcar
English name: Açúcar
Year: 2017
Run time: 90’
Language: Portuguese
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Brazil
Director: Sergio Oliveira, Reneta Pinheiro
Producer: Leticia Friedrich, Lourenco Sant Anna, Sergio Oliveira
Cast: Maeve Jinkings, Dandara De Morais, Mangali Biff, Ze Maria
Screenplay: Sergio Oliveira
Cinematographer: Fernando Lockett
Editor: Adelina Bichis
Sound Designer: Manuel de Andrés
Music Composer: Guile Martins
Costume Designer: Christiana Garrido
Production Designer: Tiago Melo
Production Company: Aroma Filmes
World Sales: Antipode Sales & Distribution
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World Sales Email: festivals@antipode-sales.biz

Festival

  • Rio De Janeiro IFF 2018
  • São Paulo IFF 2018
  • Rotterdam IFF 2018

Selected Filmography

  • Praça Walt Disney/Walt Disney Square (short doc) 2011
  • Wanderers (doc) 2011
  • The Desert of Soara 2016
  • Açúcar/Sugar (co-dir) 2017

Director's Biography:

Together, the directors Renata Pinheiro and Sergio Oliveira co-directed and co-scripted the documentary Wanderers, winner of the Best Film in the Semana dos Realizadores (RJ-2011) and the Artistic Contribution Prize at the International Film Festival, Curitiba, 2011 and the short documentary film Walt Disney Square which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011 and received more than 45 awards throughout its career. Pinheiro and Oliveira founded the production company Aroma Filmes together in Brazil.

Synopsis

Açúcar brings to the surface a lifelong Brazilian malady: Slavery. The film is set in a universe of magic realism that crosses the personal story of Bethania with the identity formation of a country that is modern and archaic, contemporary and ancestral, white and much, much more black. Bethania returns to her fields where once was a sugar mill named after her family - Wanderley’s Mill. Between photos, fantastic creatures, bills to pay, workers claiming their rights over the land, sounds and memories of the old manor house, Bethania faces herself in a present where past and future are both threatening. The film is set in a universe of magic realism that crosses the personal story of Bethania with the identity formation of a country that is modern and archaic, contemporary and ancestral, white and much, much more black.

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