This melancholic mood piece was made by the Rio-born Bressane during a wintry London period of exile, with the country of Jack the Ripper serving as the stage for a silent horror film in which screams are sensed but never heard. An unnamed man (played by fellow Brazilian Guará) practices the same horrible act of strangulation, over and over, upon young blonde women found in outdoor locales. The film was inspired partly by Ravel’s Bólero and by Alexandrine verses from Brazilian poet Maranhão Sobrinho. It expresses a sense of eternal frustration, a desire for peace unfulfilled.
Júlio Bressane Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946, Júlio Bressane is one of the leading names in the history of Brazilian cinema. He has written, produced, and directed over thirty feature films screened at festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and Rotterdam. His works include ‘Tabu’ (1982), ‘Brás Cubas’ (1985), ‘Sermões - A História de Antônio Vieira’ (1989), ‘Cleopatra’ (2007), ‘Educação Sentimental’ (2016), and ‘Beduíno’ (2016).