The southern Brazilian plains seem to go on forever, how can such a landscape ever be tamed? You can build roads, put up fences, herd sheep into the enclosures, and keep a watchful eye. But no one can be everywhere at once and they come in at night. The photos recall happier days when this was the new frontier, but people are leaving and the corporations are moving in. They send out their emissaries to buy up the land, their vehicles mark out the boundaries afresh. Dione left the city behind to come here, but now he’s the only one that wants to stay. As his new situation crumbles, he decides to take matters into his own hands and impose a different order on the great expanse. He finds a rifle, chooses his position, takes his aim, and shoots, shattering windows, bursting tires, turning cars into balls of flame. Yet even gunshots hardly break the silence and each act of violence is decoupled from consequence, for the pampa swallows everything. The more Dione tries to keep the landscape in line, the bigger it seems, or maybe it’s just him getting smaller. The southern Brazilian plains seem to go on forever. How can such a landscape be tamed?
by Davi Pretto
with Dione Avila de Oliveira, Evaristo Goularte, Andressa Goularte, Elizabete Nogueira, Livia Goularte, Francisco Fabrício Dutra dos Santos, Sofia Ferreira
Brazil / Germany 2016 Portuguese 88’ Colour


  • Dione Avila de Oliveira (Dione)
  • Evaristo Goularte (Evaristo)
  • Andressa Goularte (Andressa)
  • Elizabete Nogueira (Bete)
  • Livia Goularte (Livia)
  • Francisco Fabrício Dutra dos Santos (Mariano)
  • Sofia Ferreira (Vitória)


Director Davi Pretto
Screenplay Davi Pretto, Richard Tavares
Cinematography Glauco Firpo
Editing Bruno Carboni
Music Davi Pretto, Marcos Lopes, Tiago Bello
Sound Design Marcos Lopes, Tiago Bello
Sound Marcos Lopes
Production Design Richard Tavares
Producers Paola Wink Tokyo Filmes, Paulo de Carvalho Autentika Films, Gudula Meinzolt Autentika Films

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Tokyo Filmes

Autentika Films

Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre

Gogó Conteúdo Sonoro

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Davi Pretto

Born in 1988 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2008, he graduated with a degree in Film. Since then, he has been a director and producer of films as well as working as a curator and programmer for cinemas.


2009 Quarto de espera (Waiting Room); 12 min. 2012 De Passagem (Passing Through); 16 min. 2014 Castanha; 95 min., Berlinale Forum 2014 2015 Metade Homem, Metade Fantasma (Half Man, Half Ghost); 29 min. 2016 Rifle

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017