Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 14, 2016 8:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Viva el Cine
Running Time:142 min.
Director:Kleber Mendonca Filho
Producer:Saïd Ben Saïd
Emilie Lesclaux
Michel Merkt
Screenwriter:Kleber Mendonca Filho
Cinematographer:Pedro Sotero
Fabricio Tadeu
Editor:Eduardo Serrano
Cast:Sonia Braga
Maeve Jinkings
Irandhir Santos
Humberto Carrão
Zoraide Coleto
Fernando Teixeira
Print Source:Vitagraph Films,
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


Kleber Mendonça Filho’s second feature film shares the themes and aesthetic vision of his remarkable 2012 debut, Neighboring Sounds, where the old is endangered by the new and the past is inextricable from the present. In Aquarius, a retired music critic is the only occupant of a genial old building already emptied of its other residents in one of Recife’s rapidly changing seaside neighborhoods. Played by a radiant Sonia Braga, Clara defies little old lady stereotypes, refusing to give up her sunlit rooms and analog treasures for a hermetically sealed existence offered by the glass towers rising around her. Mendonça’s airy, widescreen compositions and decisively tracking camera reveal a character grounded in the past but still permeable to the present world. The lesser known (to outsiders) classics of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) provide a welcome additional texture to this portrait of a life that will continue to be richly lived.

Additional Information

Born in 1968 in Recife, northeastern Brazil, Kleber Mendonça Filho was raised and continues to live in his hometown. After graduating college, Kelber worked as a journalist on Jornal do Commercio, while also writing for Folha de S. Paulo and other publications. In the 1990’s, he made several documentaries and experimental shorts, produced through his own company, CinemaScópio. In 2012, Kleber made his debut feature, Neighboring Sounds, in Recife.