Drama | Cao Guimaraes and Marcelo Gomes | 2013, Brazil | 95 minutes | Portuguese
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FESTIVALS: Berlin Panorama, Guadalajara FF (Best Photography, Special Jury Award), Toulouse Latin American FF (Best Picture), Rio de Janeiro FF (Best Director).
Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story of the same name, Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimarães—two of the most interesting filmmakers working in Brazil today—have crafted an elegant, parsimonious, and formally impeccable story of Juvenal, a lonely train driver in Belo Horizonte, and his encounter with Margo, a station controller. Emphasizing the theme of alienation in Poe’s story (and revealing Guimarães’s work as a visual artist), the two directors opted for an unusual format, a 1:1 aspect ratio, which intriguingly makes the film resemble a Polaroid. Juvenal and Margo, who each embody a different form of urban solitude, have been brought together in this beautifully composed ode to friendship.