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7 PRISONERS (7 Prisioneiros)

¡VIVA EL CINE! / SURPRISE / WORLD

Brazil 2021, 93 min Director Alexandre Moratto

From a distance, this lush green landscape is paradise, but up close, life within it is unsustainable. So, Mateus (the compelling Christian Malheiros) and his friends venture to São Paulo, a sprawling gray megalopolis, seeking to improve their fortunes. But the promise of room, board, and a salary in change for their toil quickly evaporates as they find themselves trapped cogs in the modern-day slavery machine. Brazilian leading man Rodrigo Santoro delivers a startling but subtle turn as a kind of dissipated Simon Legree who sees promise in canny Mateus. With world-cinema powerhouses Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger) among its producers, Alexandre Moratto’s (Socrates) slow-burning sophomore outing makes confident use of quick cuts and a constantly moving camera to build dread in this powerful morality tale. There is a way out for Mateus, but the price of freedom may be too steep.  –Shari Kizirian

In Portuguese with English subtitles

We will be joined in person by Alexandre Moratto, director, 7 Prisoners, for an onstage conversation.

Desde la distancia, este exuberante paisaje verde es un paraíso, pero de cerca, la vida dentro de él es insostenible. Así que, Mateus (Christian Malheiros, un talento irresistible) y sus amigos se aventuran a São Paulo, una megalópolis gris y en expansión, en busca de fortuna. Pero la promesa de alojamiento, comida y un salario a cambio de su trabajo se evapora rápidamente cuando se encuentran atrapados en la máquina de esclavitud moderna. El protagonista brasileño Rodrigo Santoro da un giro sorprendente pero sutil como un Simon Legree disoluto que ve promesa en el astuto Mateus. Con los grandes del cine mundial Fernando Meirelles (Ciudad de Dios) y Ramin Bahrani (Tigre blanco) entre sus productores, la segunda película de Alexandre Moratto (Sócrates) hace un uso seguro de cortes rápidos y una cámara en constante movimiento para crear pavor en este poderoso cuento moral de combustión lenta. Mateus tiene una salida, pero el precio de la libertad puede ser demasiado elevado.  –Shari Kizirian (traducido por Isabel Fondevila)

En portugués con subtítulos en inglés

Nos acompañará Alexandre Moratto, director de 7 Prisoners, en persona para una conversación.

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Friday, October 15, 7:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center

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DIRECTOR

SFFILM Rainin Fellow Alexandre Moratto is a Brazilian-American filmmaker known for making personal films that give urgent topics and unheard voices an international stage. His debut feature, Sócrates (2018), was made with a cast and crew of teenagers from São Paulo’s favelas who co-wrote and co-produced the film with him, and was met with international critical acclaim including a “Someone To Watch” Film Independent Spirit Award.

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:Brazil
YEAR:2021
RUNNING TIME:93 min
LANGUAGE:Portuguese with English subtitles
DIRECTOR:Alexandre Moratto
WRITERS:Thayná Mantesso, Alexandre Moratto
PRODUCERS:Ramin Bahrani, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Fernando Meirelles, Alexandre Moratto
CINEMATOGRAPHER:João Gabriel de Queiroz

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