The small village of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism. Each year, more than 20 million pairs of jeans are produced in makeshift factories. Some of the locals have founded what they call ‘factiones’, where they work independently and are proud to be the masters of their own time. During Carnival —the only leisure time of the year—, they transgress the logic of the accumulation of goods, sell their belongings without looking back and flee to the beaches in search of ephemeral happiness. When Ash Wednesday arrives, a new work cycle begins.
Born in Recife, Brazil in 1962, he founded a film club in his home town at an early age. Whilst studying at the University of Bristol, he directed a number of award-winning short films. His feature debut, Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005), premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and won the National Education Award in France. In 2009, I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You premiered in Venice. His third feature, Once Upon a Time, Verônica (2012), received awards at San Sebastián and La Habana. His latest work, Joaquim (2017) screened in the Berlinale competition.
Sunday 20: Broadway Cinemas, room 5, 19.00 hours
Thursday 24: Broadway Cinemas, room 9, 22:00 hours