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Festival in Media
Section: Horizons
Country: Brazil /Portugal
Year: 2017



color/ 97 minutes

Director: Marcelo Gomes. Screenplay: Marcelo Gomes. Cinematography: Pierre de Kerchove. Editing: Eduardo Chatagnier. Music: O Grivo. Cast: Julio Machado, Isabél Zuaa, Nuno Lopes, Rômulo Braga, Welket Bungué, Karai Rya Pua, Diogo Dória, Eduardo Moreira, Marco Fugga.

Eighteenth-century Brazil. There is growing concern in this Portuguese colony that gold mining is in decline. The country is being ruled by corrupt colonial officers. Lieutenant Joaquim has made a name for himself as a hunter of gold smugglers. He has been waiting in vain for the reward, which he intends to use to buy the freedom of his lover, a black slave. In order to make the money some other way, he agrees to take part in a dangerous expedition to find new veins of gold. The longer they search, the more his doubts about the mission grow. Gradually he begins to recognize the injustice his country has brought to the colony.

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Marcelo Gomes

Born in Recife, Brazil in 1962, he founded a film club in his hometown at an early age. Whilst studying at the University of Bristol, he directed a number of award-winning short films. His feature debut, Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, screened at Cannes in 2005. His feature film Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo, which he co-directed with Karim Aïnouz, premiered at Venice in 2009.








1995 Punk Rock Hardcore (Documentary short)
1998 Clandestina Felicidade (Short)
1999 O Brasil em Curtas 06 - Curtas Pernambucanos (Video)
2000 Os Brasileiros (TV Movie)
2005 Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures
2009 I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You
2012 Once Upon a Time Veronica
2013 O Homem das Multidões
2017 Joaquim