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The White Goddess  //  A Deusa Branca (Orig.)

DIR: Alfeu França
2013 / Brazil / 31 min

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“The White Goddess” portrays a little known aspect in the life of Brazilian artist, engineer, essayist and playwriter Flávio de Carvalho – his attempt to become a filmmaker. In 1958 , already notorious for his controversial artistic experiences, Flávio de Carvalho took off to the Amazon. His plans were to realize an ambitious feature film with surrealist strokes that would unite ethnographic research and the fictional drama of a white girl kidnapped by Indians. The title chosen for the piece was “The White Goddess”. After a busy period of pre-production in São Paulo, Flávio and his tiny crew joined a group of the Indian Protection Service on an expedition that would make a first contact with the Xirianãs, in the upper Rio Negro region – an endeavour surrounded by risks and hardships.
While the group plundged deep inside the jungle, Flavio got lost in multiple interests and the making of the film was slowly forgotten. Dangers, quarrels, romances and delays would further aggravate the situation, the production of “The White Goddess” would be forever abbandoned.

Through a precious archive material, the documentary of the same name rescues this fascinating and obscure episode in the life of this brilliant Brazilian artist.

About

Director Alfeu França
Screenplay Alfeu França, Daniela Moreira
Dir. of Photography
Editing Alexandre Gwaz
Music
Sound Leandro Salgueirinho
Duration 31 min
Year 2013
Country Brazil
Colour Colour, Black & White
Tags compilation, film, literature, portrait
Production Alfeu Franca
Alfeu Franca
Country:  Brazil
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Distribution
Festivals

FIDMarseille (Marseille, France)


Doku ...

FIDMarseille (Marseille, France)


Doku.Arts (Berlin, Germany)


L’Alternativa (Barcelona, Spain)


PortoPostDoc (Porto, Portugal)


Festival Temps d’Images (Lisboa, Portugal)


FILAF (Festival International du Livre d’Art & du Film, Perpignan, France)


São Paulo International Short Film Festival (São Paulo, Brazil)


Forumdoc.BH (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)


CineOP (Ouro Preto, Brazil)

Awards

Festival Internacional Signes de ...

Festival Internacional Signes de Nuit (Paris, France) Award: Best Short Film


Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival. Award: Best Director


Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. Award: Jury Special Prize


International Festival of Archival Cinema - Recine (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Award: Best Screenplay



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