Brazil, Feature documentary, 2014
Directed and written by
Tokyo Filmes and Canal Brasil
Sales and festivals
João Carlos Castanha is a 50 year old actor who lives with his 72 year old mother, Celina. He spends his time between his work at night as a crossdresser in small gay bars and his parts in small plays, movies and TV shows. Tormented and haunted by ghosts from his past, day after day Joao starts to merge the reality in which he lived with the fiction he is interpreting.
64º Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival Forum / World Premiere
38º Hong Kong International Film Festival / Young Cinema Competition
Art of the Real
Film Society Lincoln Center
16º BAFICI / International Competition
FEISAL Award – Special Mention CPH:PIX / Front Runners 2014
21º CineLatino Film Festival
Tübingen – Competition
Berlinale Forum Selection at Goethe Institut - Brussels 2014
14º Las Palmas Film Festival / Official Selection
Best Actor 68º Edinburgh International Film Festival / Documentary Competition
DocMontevideo – Documentary Week, 2014
6º Paulínia Film Festival / Competition
Best Sound Editing 1º Farol – Fortaleza International Film Festival
18º Queer Lisboa / Documentary Competition
36º Rio Film Festival / Brazilian Premiere / Novos Rumos
Best Movie 2º Diálogo de Cinema / Opening Film
9° BrasilCine – Brazilian Film Festival in Scandinavia / Closing Film
38° São Paulo International Film Festival / Brazil Competition
10° Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema / National Competition
36° Starz Denver Film Festival.
4° Festival Internacional Cine Las Orquídeas, Cuenca / First Films Competition
36° Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de Havana / Documentary Competition
” Castanha intrigues and absorbs on a scene-by-scene basis
Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, USA.
Pretto does a terrific job of seamlessly integrating fiction and non-fiction.”
Steven Erickson, Fandor, USA.