Critics and audiences were unanimous: Best Editing. At the recent Brasilia Film Festival (www.festbrasilia.com.br)
, this category was won by Gabriel Mascaro’s film Ebb & Flow
, which was produced with a grant from Han Nefkens ArtAids Foundation. Ebb & Flow
is an experimental project that includes hybrid techniques that straddle documentary and fiction.
The protagonist is Rodrigo (Márcio Campelo), a young man who, in spite of his deafness, earns a living installing car radios at a small dealership located on the outskirts of Recife, in north-western Brazil. In the words of the artist: “The aesthetic choices of filming with a fixed camera and extending the shots are intended to transmit the sensory experiences of Rodrigo, who was chosen as the main character in order to weave a web of sonic vibrations, noises, silences, hesitations and ambiguities.” Mascaro deals with the issue of AIDS and the stigma associated with the illness by exploring a situation of ‘normality’, that is, the everyday life of a young HIV-positive man.
Ebb & Flow
has also been selected to participate in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, www.idfa.nl
). From 14 till 25 November 2012. Ebb & Flow
will be part of the Reflecting Images – Panorama
section, which brings together a series of films that are thought-provoking in form and choice of theme. The IDFA screening will be the international premiere of this film.