Archive → Films → Aquarius
Festival in Media
Section: Horizons
Country: Brazil /France
Year: 2016



140 min, color

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho Screenplay Kleber Mendonça Filho Cinematography Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu Editing Eduardo Serrano Cast Sonia Braga, Jeff Rosick, Irandhir Santos

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company, a confrontation which is both mysterious, frightening and nerve wracking.

SBS Productions, CinemaScópio Produções [BR]
International sales:
SBS International


Kleber Mendonça Filho
Kleber Mendonça Filho (b. 1968, Recife, Brazil) studied journalism at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. In 2008 he gained attention for his feature-length documentary Critic (Crítico). This was followed by Neighboring Sounds (O Som ao Redor, 2012), which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam, and Aquarius (2016), screened in the main competition at the 69th Cannes IFF.





2016 Aquarius

2015 A Copa do Mundo no Recife (TV Series documentary)

2012 Neighboring Sounds

2009 Recife Frio (Short)

2008 Critico (Documentary)

2007 Friday Night Saturday Morning (Short)

2005 Eletrodoméstica (Short)

2004 Vinil Verde (Short)

2002 A Menina do Algodão (Short)


1997 Enjaulado (Short)