• Aquarius

    Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
    Brazil/France | 142 minutes | 10 Directors to Watch

  • Aquarius

    Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
    Brazil/France | 142 minutes | 10 Directors to Watch

  • Aquarius

    Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
    Brazil/France | 142 minutes | 10 Directors to Watch

Brazilian star Braga gives what may be her greatest performance as Clara, a woman in her sixties and the last hold-out refusing to sell her enviable oceanfront apartment into developers. “Marvellous and surprising... a captivating film, an experience well worth seeking out.” A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Schedule

January 4, 2017 7:00 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Legendary Brazilian star Sonia Braga gives what may be her greatest performance as Clara, a retired music critic, now in her sixties and the stubborn last hold-out refusing to sell her enviable oceanfront apartment in Recife, Brazil, to the mounting frustration of the developers who have bought up the rest of the block.

Clara's complete disinterest in the inflated sums of money they're offering sparks off a wave of intimidation and disruption. The apartment above is rented out as the location for a porno; graffiti and worse is daubed across the stairwell, and even Clara's (grown) children urge her to sell. But this is her home and she knows its real value.

The second feature by former film critic Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring Sounds), is both an inspiring, positive portrait of an independent older woman, and an angry critique of corruption and greed. Aquarius is a film about place, personality and politics, all firmly intertwined in Braga's formidable presence.

"Marvellous and surprising... a captivating film, an experience well worth seeking out." A. O. Scott, New York Times 

film details

Country: Brazil/France
Year: 2016
Running Time: 142 minutes
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Sydney Film Prize for Best Film, Sydney
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Producers: Saïd Ben Saïd, Emilie Lesclaux, Michel Merkt
Principal Cast: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão, Zoraide Coleto
Cinematographers: Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu
Editor: Eduardo Serrano
Screenwriter: Kleber Mendonça Filho
US Distributor: Vitagraph Films
International Sales Company: SBS International

guests in attendance

Kleber Mendonça Filho – Director

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