THE LIVING DEAD (20’, Brazil, 2012)

 

Reminding of the alienation poetry of Gus van Sant’s cinema, the seductive THE LIVING DEAD is a sensual portrait of a “lost” young generation, consumed by a perpetual self-destructive hedonism. The teenagers seem to do all the things their parents prevent them from doing: drugs, alcohol, anonymous sex. Yet the film goes deep, searching for their profound reasons. In an alienated materialistic society, the self-destruction seems to become their authentic way of self- expression and protest. In a daringly fragmented narrative, on the border between reality and oneiric surrealism, THE LIVING DEAD disturbs, seduces, provokes.

Director: ANITA ROCHA DA SILVEIRA

 

Cast: JOAO PEDRO ZAPPA, NATALIA LEBEIS, CLARICE LISSOVSKY

Screenplay: ANITA ROCHA DA SILVEIRA

Cinematography: JOAO ATALA

Editing: ANITA ROCHA DA SILVEIRA

Sound: BERNARDO UZEDA, FELIPPE MUSSEL

Producer: BIANCA TONINI and DEBORA GUSMAO



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ANITA ROCHA DA SILVEIRA majored in Cinema in 2008 at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She wrote, edited and directed three short films, THE NOON VAMPIRE (2008), HANDBALL (2010) and THE LIVING DEAD (2012), which is part of Directors’ Fortnight selection this year. HANDBALL has participated in several festivals in Brazil and abroad, and among others won the Jury's Special Prize at Curta Cinema – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival and The International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2011. Now, Anita is developing her first feature film, MATE-ME POR FAVOR (KILL ME PLEASE), in a partnership with Vania Catani (Bananeira Filmes).

 

Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2012 / Curtas Vila do Conde 2012  

 

“We follow characters at the end of their adolescence, maybe the last moment in life when conceiving ideal Love is still possible, without reservation or regrets. In the movie from the moment a rejection occurs, some characters vanish without a trace, filling up the imagination of those who remain, like ghosts. […]Yet, vanishing in a world mediated by affective surveillance devices - such as Skype, Facebook, SMS -, makes the despair of those left behind much greater. Is it true that being offline is the opposite of being alive? […] The characters are, sometimes, upside down in relation to the spectator, hanging down, such as the Marseille’s Tarot Hanged Man; sometimes they walk with an unusual artificiality in their movements, such as the beings that inhabit the Twin Peaks’ Black Lodge (David Lynch); sometimes they are just alone in a space that traditionally belongs to the crowd.” (ANITA ROCHA DA SILVEIRA) 

 

“A contemporary resurrection of the Eros-Thanatos myth, this cinematic psychological collage collects youth moments from love stories to eschatological meditations. Rio de Janeiro is the noir residence of the teenagers, where everything seems reversed: nights and days are not in chronological succession, but rather having oneiric coordinates. Using Edward Maya’s commercial hit “Stereo love” in an artistically engaging way may be taken as a proof of tactful filmmaking.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

 

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