Berlinale: Programme

Berlinale Shorts

Terremoto Santo

Holy Tremor

Heiliges Beben

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.

Bárbara Wagner
Benjamin de Burca

Brazil 2017


Documentary form
20 min · Colour


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


Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
Director of Photography
Pedro Sotero
Eduardo Serrano
Carlos Sá
Sound Design
Nicolau Domingues
Sound Mixer
Nicolau Domingues
Cecilia Da Fonte


Bárbara Wagner

Born in Brasilia, Brazil in 1980, she graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem in 2012. Her photographic work focuses on the ‘popular body’ and on how ordinary people present their bodies to a supposedly interested public. Her work 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 featured at festivals and in exhibitions including at VideoBrasil, the Panorama de Arte Brasileira and the Biennale, all in São Paulo, and at the 2017 Skulptur Projekte Münster.

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); Berlinale Shorts · Bye Bye Deutschland! Eine Liebesmelodie (Bye Bye Germany! A Life Melody) 2018 Terremoto Santo (Holy Tremor)

Benjamin de Burca

Born in Munich, Germany in 1975, he studied fine art at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Ulster. Between 2000 and 2006 he worked as an artist with young people involved in gangs in Glasgow and Belfast. From 2006 to 2008 he was co-director of the Catalyst Arts centre in Belfast. His artistic practice encompasses painting, collage, photography, film, video and installation. Since 2011 he has collaborated with Bárbara Wagner and their work has been frequently exhibited internationally. Now based in Recife, Brazil, their collaborative film Estás vendo coisas screened in the 2017 Berlinale Shorts.

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); Berlinale Shorts · Bye Bye Deutschland! Eine Lebensmelodie (Bye Bye Germany! A Life Melody) · Terremoto Santo (Holy Tremor)

Produced by

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca
Recife, Brazil


Berlinale Shorts II: Inside the circle or lightning from outer space

Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off); Babylon; Terremoto Santo; Circle; Solar Walk

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