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Russa

1974 in Porto, in the north of Portugal. In Bairro do Aleixo the government is proudly celebrating the grand opening of five new high-rises. With their lovely riverside location, the buildings are to become home for over 300 families that are due to be forcibly relocated from the city centre. Over the years, the quarter develops into a neighbourhood known for drug dealing, with high criminality and prostitution. In 2011, two of the five towers are torn down. The government hopes the situation will improve through the move, while at the same time there is growing interest in the property on the part of an unbridled real estate sector. Russa is one of those individuals whose apartments are still there, although already closed off. She has spent the past years in prison and is out now on a weekend furlough, spending the night at her sister’s place. Directors João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr. accompany her on her return, at her meeting with her sister and friends. Again and again talk turns to the home that is no longer there and what is to come. As in his previous film, Altas Cidades de Osadas, Salaviza examines the effects of forced relocation on the human psyche.
Maike Mia Höhne

by
João Salaviza
Ricardo Alves Jr.

Portugal / Brazil 2018

Portuguese

Documentary form
20 min · Colour · 16 mm

World premiere

With

Helene Campos
Maria Antonieta
Alberto Moreira

Crew

Directors
João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr.
Screenplay
João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr., Renée Nader Messora, Germano Melo
Editing
João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr.
Sound Design
Léo Bortolin
Producers
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
Co-producers
Ricardo Alves Jr., Thiago Macêdo Correia, Renée Nader Messora
Co-production
Entre Films, Belo Horizonte, Brasilien
Material Bruto, São Paulo, Brasilien

Biography

João Salaviza

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1984, he studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His short films Arena (Palme d’Or at Cannes), Cerro Negro (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and Rafa (Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale) screened at over 100 festivals around the world and won numerous prizes. His feature film debut Mountain premiered in the International Critics’ Week at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival. Another visit to Berlinale Shorts followed with High Cities of Bone in 2017.

Filmography

2009 Arena; short film 2011 Strokkur; short film 2012 Cerro Negro; short film · Rafa; Berlinale Shorts 2015 Montanha (Mountain) 2017 Altas Cidades de Ossadas (High Cities of Bone); Berlinale Shorts 2018 Russa

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Ricardo Alves Jr.

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1982, he is a screenwriter, filmmaker and theatre director who began by directing short films which were screened and won prizes at numerous international festivals. The Cinémathèque Française dedicated a retrospective to him in 2013. He made his feature film debut in 2016 with Elon Não Acredita na Morte which screened at festivals across Brazil, Latin America, China and Europe and won several awards.

Filmography

2006 Material Bruto (Raw Material); short film 2007 Convite Para Jantar com o Camarada Stalin (Invitation to Dine with Comrade Stalin); short film 2010 Permanências (Permanences); short film 2013 Tremor; short film 2016 Elon Não Acredita na Morte (Elon doesn't believe in Death) 2018 Russa

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Karõ Filmes
Lissabon, Portugal
+351 967 963496

www.karofilmes.pt

World sales

Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency
Vila do Conde, Portugal
+35 125 2646683

www.curtas.pt/agencia

Dates

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