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quietearth [Celluloid 10.07.09] Brazil movie trailer news drama

In what sounds like a post apocalyptic setting, Felipe Hirsch's and Daniela Thomas' meditation on love and loss looks like the sort of dreamy, arthouse film I go in for, especially since Variety's review says it leaves "narrative and character development by the wayside". Sunstroke is out of Brazil and recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Insolação tells stories of unrequited love. “Love and Loss. Loss, mostly,” says a character. In an empty city, scorched by the sun, the young and old confuse the fever of sunstroke with the delicate birth of passion. Like ghosts, they hover through buildings and endless flatland in search of the ever ellusive love. Based loosely on 19th century Russian short stories, the plots weave and unravel together in the improbable city of Brasilia—a distorted mirror-image of the soviet utopia— located in the heart of the Brazilian desert. Paulo José, the actor whose life is intertwined with the history of Brazilian cinema, plays Andrei, the nostalgic witness of these stories.

Trailer after the break.

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