If the worms know nothing about the texts they gnaw, Júlio Bressane is both intimate with their flavors and an inexhaustible companion to the work of Machado de Assis. Unlike the first breaths may suggest, the film is not quite an adaptation of “Dom Casmurro”, but rather an essayistic dance to the rhythm of a singular style: transient chapters that magnify the narrator and present, through Capitu’s trenchant personality and Bentinho’s wavering responses, a redefinition of the traditional duos within the eternal cornerstone of the cinema of invention. *(L.B)
Júlio Bressane (1946, Brazil) directed his first feature film, "Cara A Cara" (1967) becoming an important figure in Brazil’s Cinema Marginal. He founded the production company Belair Movies in 1970, together with Rogério Sganzerla, before moving to London in ex ile. Bressane’s poetic and essayistic work is among the most exemplary of Brazilian experimental film, concentrating especially on the relationship between picture and soundtrack.
International Film Festival Rotterdam