2007, regia di Miguel Silveira (coregista: Elias Lopez-Trabada)
Scheda: Nazione: Brasile-USA - Produzione: Baixo Santa do Alto Gloria, Columbia College Chicago - Distribuzione: Am - Soggetto: Leila Barbosa, Miguel Silveira, Thereza Zarvos de Medicis - Sceneggiatura: Leila Barbosa, Miguel Silveira, Thereza Zarvos de Medicis - Fotografia: Grzegorz Krawczyk, Kuba Zelazek - Montaggio: Marcelo Hosannah, Jerry R. Napier, Miguel Silveira - Art Direction: Tania Grillo, Gabriel Verani - Costumi: Elisa Faulhaber - Effetti speciali: Diana Joels - Formato: Color - Durata: 60'.
Cast: Elias Lopez-Trabada, Wendell Bendelack, Luca De Castro, Carlos Duque, Isabel Cardenas, Julia Cardenas, Tania Dias, Helena, Mário Hermeto, Eber Inacio, Sylvia Jorge, Ronnie Marruda, Igor Orlando, Isabel Penoni, Namibia Rodrigues, Carol Trindade, Daniel Valerio, Carlos Veiga, Lygia Veiga.
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - baixosantadoaltogloria.com.br - moviefone.com - santafefilmfestival.com - rochester.metromix.com - extranews.net: «Carnaval Blues is Miguel Silveira’s first feature effort. The Columbia’s film school graduate will star as well as direct the film he made while attending Chicago’s premier film school. Carnaval is a paradoxical story of an American postgraduate student, Guillermo Locke, who travels to Brazil to study and complete his thesis on “a culture of violence.” Once there, he meets a master Capoeira, or Brazilian martial arts teacher and his 12-year-old daughter. The three lives cross paths and have a deeply profound impact on each other. Brazil’s carnival season provides the cultural context where the story line develops, giving the film a surreal yet authentic – almost documentary-style ambience. Carnaval, like other low-budget labor of love films, was shot guerrilla style, capturing the unrehearsed festive life in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods. But Silveira did not rely on cheap shortcuts of inter-cutting footage. Instead, scenes of the recognizable crowded streets get treated with contrasting soundtracks that give us the voyeur perspective of the central character’s experience. The young filmmaker also opts to present the less exported street theater and community poets, which support the intrinsic development of the central characters’ soul journeys. The film races in various styles from cinema verity, documentary and conventional scripted acting. Carnaval offers a glimpse of what we can expect in future films from this ambitious Brazilian-native filmmaker» (Victor M. Montañez).
Isabel Penoni è Giovanna d'Arco.