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André is a young boy that lives in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais. Once a week, his aunt Márcia, a voluntary nurse, visits him and his younger brother to help them with the domestic tasks, while their mother is away.

One day, one of the factory workers, Cristiano, a foreigner with a turbulent background in the neighborhood, suffers an accident at the factory. Márcia gives him first aid right in front of the factory, and asks Andre to go to Cristiano’s house to get his documents and some clothes. When Andre arrives there, he finds by chance a mysterious notebook, which he starts to read.
Andre discovers that Cristiano started writing this notebook for the factory’s theater group, where these workers were asked to write down something about their lives. But Cristiano couldn’t stop writing. As a fairytale, the film divides itself, and plunges into Cristiano’s life.


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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa
  • Cast
    Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Renata Cabral, Gláucia Vandeveld
  • DOP
    Leonardo Feliciano
  • Editing
    Rodrigo Lima, Luiz Pretti
  • Music
    Francisco César
  • Sound
    Pedro Durães
  • Duration
    96 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Brazil
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • FIDMarseille
    • Rotterdam IFF
    • FICCI – Cartagena Film Festival (Colombia)
    • Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
    • Art Film Fest Košice (Slovakia)
    • New Zealand International Film Festival (New Zealand )
    • T-mobile New Horizons IFF (Poland)
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Hidalgo (México) - Best Film
    • San Sebastián Film Festival (Spain)
    • Pancevo Film Festival (Serbia)
    • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada)
    • BFI London Film Festival (UK)
    • Hamburg Film Festival (Germany)
    • Film Fest Gent (Belgium)
    • Viennale (Austria)
    • Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece)
    • Cairo International Filme Festival (Egypt)
    • São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil)
    • 2017 (Brasil)
    • Entrevues Belfort Festival International du Film (France)
    • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba)
    • Göteborg International Film Festival
    • Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes (Minas Gerais, Brasil)
    • Cinema Tropical (Estados Unidos) – Melhor Filme
    • Istanbul Independent Film Festival (Istambul)
  • Awards
    • BAFICI (Argentina) - International Competition - Honarable Mention
    • Festival del Uruguay (Uruguay) - International Competition - Honarable Mention
    • Indie Lisboa (Portugal) - International Competition - Special Jury Prize
    • Festival La Casa Cine Fest (Ecuador) - International Competition - Best Film
    • Lima Independiente (Peru) - Iberoamérica Ahora - Best Film
    • Golden Apricot IFF (Armenia) - International Competition - Silver Apricot Awards
    • Liubliana Film Festival (Slovenia) - Perspectives - Special Mention
    • Films from the South (Norway) - Best Film
    • FIDDOCS - Festival de Santiago (Chile) - Special Mention
    • Brazilia Film Festival (Brazil) - Official Competition - Best Film is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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