“In Bressane, the invention of the new comes accompanied by a (re)invention and renovation of tradition”, wrote Carlos Adriano in a 1995 essay about a Brazilian artist who has since continued to affirm his place as one of the world’s greatest active filmmakers. This includes self-(re)invention and renovation, with Bressane’s newest fiction feature digging deep into the mysteries of what it means to be. The film moves from images of Nature to scenes of a widowed writer recounting her life story and its pleasures of the flesh – on one side, to a parrot, and on another, with raw pieces of meat.
Júlio Bressane Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946, Júlio Bressane is one of the leading names in the history of Brazilian cinema. He wrote, produced, and directed over thirty feature films screened at festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and Rotterdam. Among his works are ‘Tabu’ (1982), ‘Brás Cubas’ (1985), ‘Sermons – The Story of Antônio Vieira’ (1989), ‘Cleopatra’ (2007), ‘Sentimental Education’ (2013), and ‘Beduino’ (2016).