Brazil at the Berlinale 2016 Hoping for bears

“Das águas que passam” (Running Waters) by Diego Zon
“Das águas que passam” (Running Waters) by Diego Zon | © Berlinale

Six Brazilian feature films and short films and a video installation will be screened at the Berlinale. No fewer than twelve young filmmakers from Brazil will be taking part in the Berlinale Talents section.

Although this will be my fourth Berlinale, I still feel like a debutante eagerly awaiting the ten-day festival programme that is jam-packed with films from every corner of the world.


This year, Brazil is represented at the festival with six films in various sections, a video installation and twelve young filmmakers who are participating in the Berlinale Talents programme – a platform that allows them to build upon and share their experiences. One of the films vying for the Gold Bear for Best Short Film is the documentary Das águas que passam (Running Waters), directed by Diego Zon. The film shows fragments from the life of Zé de Sabino, a fisherman who plies the waters of the Rio Doce. The short film was made before the 2015 environmental disaster caused by mining companies active in the region.
Das águas que passam (Running Waters by Diego Zon


Three Brazilian feature films will see their world premiere in the Panorama section: Mãe só há uma (Don't Call Me Son) by Anna Muylaert, a director who won the Berlinale 2015 Panorama Audience Award for Que horas ela volta, is about a young man who discovers that he was stolen from the maternity ward shortly after his birth. Antes o tempo não acabava (Time Was Endless) by Sérgio Andrade and Fábio Baldo depicts a young indigenous man torn between his native culture and life in the city of Manaus. Marcos Prado’s documentary Curumim tells the story of Marco Archer, a Brazilian who was executed for drug dealing in Indonesia in 2015.

The Forum Expanded section likewise includes three Brazilian films. Muito romântico is the first feature film by Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn, two Brazilians who live in Berlin. The film is made up of autobiographical fragments such as encounters, dreams and fantasies, and is all about leaving Brazil and beginning a new life in the German capital. There is also a short film by Gabraz Sanna entitled Ruína and a video installation that is part of the “Traversing the Phantasm” exhibition, A mina dos vagalumes by Raphaël Grisey.