THE 43rd International Film Festival in São Paulo starts in São Paulo October 17-31 and this year the program includes several films that participated in the main film festivals in the world and some that make their world premiere at the event.
The highlights are the winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival, Parasite, from the principal Bong Joon-ho; the Golden Shell at San Sebastián Festival, Pacified, in Paxton Winters; Brazil’s bet for the Oscar 2020, the long The Invisible Life, in Karim Aïnouz; Paradise Must Be Here, in Elia Suleiman, the Jury’s Special Mention award in Cannes 2019; the long The headlight, from the principal Robert Eggers; and the closing film Two Popes in Fernando Meirelles.
But we have separated 10 other films to keep an eye on and guarantee entry.
1 – Honeyland
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema section of documentaries at the Sundance Festival.
In a secluded village in North Macedonia, Hatidze, a woman in her 50s, takes care of a bee colony. One day, a traveling family settles next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to loud engines, seven children and 150 cows. However, she is encouraged by the neighborhood and shares her advice on beekeeping, her affection and her special brandy. However, Hussein, the patriarch of that family, makes a series of decisions that can destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.
Sessions: 17, 19, 21, 23, and 26
2 – Mr. Jones
He participated in the Berlin Festival 2019. The extraordinary untold story of Gareth Jones, an ambitious and young Welsh journalist who traveled to the Soviet Union in 1933 and discovered the shocking truth behind the Soviet “utopia” and the Josef Stalin regime.
Sessions: 17, 19, 22, and 25
3 – The report
Screened at Sundance with a known cast of Adam Driver, Annette Bening, John Hamm, and Michael C. Hall. Direction of Scott Z. Burns.
In this political thriller, Senate official Daniel J. Jones discovers shocking secrets about methods of torture when leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program after 9/11.
Sessions: 17, 19, 20, 23, 25
4 – Afterlife
Sam is a 14 year old girl who, after her mother’s death, is responsible for most of the household chores. When the girl also ends up going to the afterlife and discovers that she can do differently, she gives life a new chance with the sole purpose of saving her mother.
Sessions: 17, 19, 20, 27
Check out our review here.
5 – Babyteeth
Screened at the Venice Festival in 2019. Directed by Shannon Murphy.
Milla, a teenager who is very ill, falls in love with Moses, a small drug dealer – to the despair of the girl’s parents. The young woman begins to have a new will to live, but little by little, she leaves aside traditional values and morality. She begins to show everyone around her – her parents, Moses, a neighbor who is pregnant – what it’s like to live with nothing to lose. Milla’s new behavior could be a disaster for the family, however, instead, she teaches how to see grace in the chaos of life.
Sessions: 18, 21, 22, 25, 30
6 – Synoyms
Winner of the Golden Bear and the Critics’ Prize at the Berlin Festival. Direction by Nadav Lapid.
Yoav, a young Israeli, arrives in Paris hoping that France and the French will save him from the madness of his country. Determined to extinguish his origins and become French, he abandons the Hebrew language and strives in every way to find a new identity.
Sessions: 22,26, 27 and 28
7 – Amazing grace
The documentary revisits Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace album. In 1972, the singer recorded with the Southern California Community choir at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. It was a return to the roots, as Aretha started her career with gospel music. Recorded in two days and live, Amazing Grace became the most successful gospel album of all time.
The material that gave rise to the documentary was filmed on January 13 and 14, 1972, with a film crew, sound engineers and five 16 mm cameras, all directed by Sydney Pollack.
Sessions: 19, 21, 22, 24 and 29
8 – Three Summers
Every summer, between Christmas and New Year, the couple Edgar and Marta receive friends and family in their spectacular mansion by the sea. In 2015, everything seems to be going well, but in 2016 the same party is canceled. What happens to those who gravitate towards the rich hosts?
9 – Frankie
Frankie, a famous French actress, discovers that she is only a few months old. For the last family vacation, she brings everyone together in Sintra, Portugal.
Sessions: 19, 20, 21,24 and 29
10 – Pacarette
Pacarrete is an elderly ballerina, considered crazy, who lives in Russas, Ceará, a country town. On the eve of the city’s 200th birthday party, she decides to give a dance performance as a gift to the people. But it seems that nobody cares.
Sessions: 24, 25 and 28
You can check the complete schedule here.
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