Directed by Gregório Graziosi (Brazil, 2014) 80min
Introduction by Silvina Yi (University of Michigan)
João Carlos Ribeiro de Almeida Neto (Irandhir Santos) is beginning to feel the weight of his sizeable name as he embarks on a major architectural project. Awaiting the birth of his first son, the young architect is going through a time of intense change — which is exacerbated by the discovery of some unexpected skeletons in his ancestral past. During the project's excavation, a clandestine cemetery is unearthed on a plot belonging to his family, leaving João grappling with some difficult questions about the means by which his inherited wealth and standing were accrued.
Gorgeously shot in black and white, “Obra” atmospherically depicts the seemingly endless metropolis of São Paulo. Precise, austere camerawork portrays the haphazard cityscape in which the view from one building is often the wall of another. (Diana Sanchez, TIFF)
Co-sponsored by: Brazil Initiative / Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies • LSA • International Institute • African Studies Center • Department of Afro-American and African Studies • Institute for the Humanities • Department of Romance Languages and Literatures • Sheldon Cohn Fund / Department of Screen Arts and Cultures • Center for European Studies.
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