Director of photography:
Antonio Pitanga, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Sam Louwyck
Cristovam, a native from the Brazilian hinterland, works in a milk factory in a former Austrian colony in Brazil. He feels lonely, ostracized by cultural and ethnic differences. One day, he discovers an abandoned house filled with objects that remind him of his origins. He slowly settles in this house. Curiously, more objects start to appear without explanation, as if the place was «alive».
PRIX DES DISTRIBUTEURS ET EXPLOITANTS EUROPÉENS au festival Cinélatino 2020
CNC – Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (confirmed) - Hubert Bals Europe (confirmed) - FSA Brasilian Fund (confirmed) - Aide après-réalisation Ile-de-France - TBC.
João Paulo Miranda Maria was born in 1982 in Porto Feliz (Sao Paulo), inland city of Brazil. He graduated in Cinema and Master by Unicamp. João is a Teacher at UNIMEP University and coordinates a film collective called Kino-Olho in the city of Rio Claro, São Paulo. His cinema is inspired by the countryside reality where he lives. After participating in Critic’s Week – Next Step LAB, in partnership with Torino Film LAB, he developed Memory House at the Cinéfondation residency in Paris. Memory House is his first feature.
2015 - Command Action - Fiction - 14 min.
2016 - The Girl Who Danced With the Devil - Fiction - 14 min.
2017 - Meninas formicida - Fiction - 14 min.
I first met Joao Paulo at a Cannes FF workshop. I was struck by the unique way he approached narration as well as by his one-of-a-kind visual style. He developped the film at the Cinefondation residency program. The movie was shot in July-August 2019 in Brazil and is actually post-product in France. Many sales agents requested to see Joao Paulo’s first feature film.