The Big Worm

  • Brazil
  • France
Audio Tracks

A car with a big sound system broadcasts a text of Eduardo Affonso Reidy on his modern architecture precepts. It drives around the Conjunto Habitacional Pedregulho, a social housing complex built from 1946 by the same architect and also called Minhocão (the big worm) by his inhabitants. The ballet of the driving car, combined with interviews, sound extracts from the fiction film « Lucio Flávio, the passenger of agony » (shot partly in the site) and other scenes, produce a portrait of a major modernist Brazilian building and of the popular northern zone´s context of Rio de Janeiro and raises issues about patrimony and memory of social housings in a place which is about to be renovated after 50 years of state´s abandonment and autonomous management.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Grisey, Raphaël
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Grisey, Raphaël
  • Editing
    Grisey, Raphaël
  • Sound
    Grisey, Raphaël
  • Duration
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Brazil
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • FID Marseille (2011)
    • Forumdoc, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2011)
    • Doclisboa (2011) Competition
    • Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin (2012)


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