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Terremoto Santo

Holy Tremor

Heiliges Beben

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Brazil. Historically Pernambuco state in the country’s northeast was characterised agriculturally by the sugarcane industry. Today there is a new sector in the economy: various evangelical Christian groups are on the rise. The mantra of the evangelicals, who have gained an ever-increasing influence in Brazilian society over the past years, is the attainment of improvements in one’s personal and economic situations through adherence to an extreme religious practice. In Brazil the evangelicals have established themselves as a growing political power over the past years. They control segments of the media and preach hate and intolerance towards homosexuality and other creeds.
Terremoto Santo focuses on a young generation of priests, producers and singers who hail from a rural area and make gospel music. In a similar fashion to their film on the pop music genre Tecnobrega (Estás Vendo Coisas, Berlinale Shorts) or German Schlager music, Wagner/de Burca take into account the environment of the protagonists in order to make ethics, morality and life visible in an aesthetic agglomeration.
Maike Mia Höhne

by
Bárbara Wagner
Benjamin de Burca

Brazil 2017

Portuguese

Documentary form
20’ · Colour

With

Ana Cléa Gomes
Tacy Silva
Berg Simplicio
Joalysson Anderson
Caique Alves
Jeiziane Maria
Luiz Fernando Gomes
Alyne Azevedo
Ozeias Souza
Tanya Marques
Filipe Moura

Crew

Directors
Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
Cinematography
Pedro Sotero
Editing
Eduardo Serrano
Music
Carlos Sá
Sound Design
Nicolau Domingues
Sound Mixing
Nicolau Domingues
Producer
Cecilia Da Fonte

Biography

Bárbara Wagner

The artist was born in Brasília, Brazil in 1980 and graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, the Netherlands in 2012. Her photographic work focuses on how ordinary people present their bodies to a supposedly interested public. It has been exhibited around the world, is held in international collections and has been published in monographs. Since 2011, she has been collaborating with Benjamin de Burca. Their work has been selected for various festivals and exhibitions including Videobrasil, the Locarno Film Festival, the Berlinale and the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Filmography (short films, co-director: B. de Burca)

2013 Cinema Casino 2014 Desenho Canteiro (Plan Plat) 2015 Faz que vai (Set to go) 2017 Estás vendo coisas (You are seeing things) · Bye Bye Deutschland! Eine Lebensmelodie (Bye Bye Germany! A Life Melody) · Terremoto Santo (Holy Tremor) 2018 Rise 2019 Swinguerra 2021 One Hundered Steps

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Benjamin de Burca

Born in Munich, Germany in 1975, the artist and filmmaker grew up in Ireland. He studied fine art at the Glasgow School of Art and at the University of Ulster in Belfast and worked as an artist in outreach projects with young people involved in gangs in Glasgow and Belfast. Between 2006 and 2008, he was co-director of the Catalyst Arts Centre. His artistic practice extends from painting, collage and photography to film, video and installation. Since 2011, he has collaborated with Bárbara Wagner. Their work has frequently been presented internationally, including a number of times in Berlinale Shorts, most recently in 2019 with Rise.

Filmography (short films, co-director: B. Wagner)

2013 Cinema Casino 2014 Desenho Canteiro (Plan Plat) 2015 Faz que vai (Set to go) 2017 Estás vendo coisas (You are seeing things) · Bye Bye Deutschland! Eine Lebensmelodie (Bye Bye Germany! A Life Melody) · Terremoto Santo (Holy Tremor) 2018 Rise 2019 Swinguerra 2021 One Hundred Steps

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Produced by

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca