In Manaus, an industrial city surrounded by the Amazon rain forest. Justino, a 45-year-old Amerindian, works as a security guard at a cargo port and lives in a small house on the outskirts of town. Since the death of his wife, his only company has been his youngest daughter Vanessa, but she will be leaving soon to study medicine in Brasília. Stuck between the city and his village, which he left over 20 years ago, Justino finds himself condemned to an existence without place. During the day, he strives to stay focused at work. As time goes by, he is gripped by a high fever, who’s cause the doctors are not able to identify. Vanessa finds herself torn between the desire to become a doctor and the decision to leave her father, sick, in Manaus.
I was shooting two documentaries in the Amazon region in 2006, when I met several indigenous families who had left their traditional territories to live in the city. The relationship I was able to establish with these families, were determining experiences for me. Urged on by these encounters, I began to jot down my first notes for a movie to be set in Manaus.
Locarno International Film Festival 2019, Competition
Key festivals and awards
Pardo d'Oro for Best Actor and FIPRESCI Award, Locarno International Film Festival 2019, TIFF 2019, Torino International Film Festival 2019
Director: Maya Da-Rin
Producers: Tamanduá Vermelho (Brazil) Enquadramento Produções (Brazil), Still Moving (France), Komplizen Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: Komplizen Film
World sales: Still Moving (France)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017
Funding amount: 48.000 €