A murder, on Christmas Eve, spawns a fortuitous connection between melancholic and misfit characters of the São Paulo nightlife, setting in motion a vertiginous search for justice amidst the underworld of Brazil’s largest metropolis. Through contemporary political lenses, “The City” of Abysses updates the invention, irreverence, and dreamlike filmographies from other times, transforming a past inheritance into something unique and singular. Whether through irony or foreboding, the film’s sepulchral atmosphere also reflects the marks of a time that was yet to come. *(C.M)
Priscyla Bettim, Renato Coelho
Priscyla Bettim and Renato Coelho are filmmakers, researchers, and teachers. They live and work in the city of São Paulo. Their main interests are traditional film photography and experimental cinema. Over the last decade they have made several short-films, among which "Visão 2013 Para Roberto Piva" (2013), "Trem" (2015), "A Propósito de Willer" (2016), and "Sem Título #2: Verónica Valenttino" (2020). Together they form the production company Cinediário. The "City of Abysses" is the duo’s first feature film.