Filmphobia (Filmefobia)

Jean-Claude Bernardet (one of Brazil’s prominent film critics) plays the director of a documentary that was never completed. Filmphobia is a making-of of a fictitious documentary film, which is about fear in contemporary society. The main belief of the documentary director – Jean-Claude – is that the only image that is authentic, real and truthful is that of a human being challenged by his or her phobia. The crew of the documentary explore the limits of the psyche, exposing phobic people to emotionally violent situations, dealing with different kinds of phobias: airplane phobia, ocean phobia, snake phobia, blood phobia and so on. Filmphobia provokes the question: Why was the film never finished? Is the director of the documentary – 71 years old – starting to go blind? Is the director’s condition as an HIV-carrier getting worse? Did the situation result in trauma when he dealt with blood phobia?

World premiere
Locarno International Film Festival 2008, Filmmakers of a Present Competition

Key festivals and awards
Best Film (Official Jury, Critique Jury), Best Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro 2008
Honourable Mention by the Jury, Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana 2008
Locarno International Film Festival 2008
Saravejo International Film Festival 2008
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2008

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2009

Brazil 2008
Director: Kiko Goifman
Producers: PaleoTV / Plateau Produções (Brazil), Autentika Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Autentika Films

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in June 2008
Funding amount: 25,000 €