Urban Distrib - Pictures of Ghosts
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Pictures of Ghosts

By Kleber Mendonça Filho

Country: Brazil

Language: Portuguese

Original title: Retratos Fantasmas

Production year: 2023

Runtime: 93'

Production company: CinemaScópio, Vitrine Filmes

PICTURES OF GHOSTS is a multidimensional journey through time, sound, architecture and filmmaking, set in the urban landscape of Recife, Brazilian coastal capital of Pernambuco: a historical and human territory, examined through the great movie theaters that served as spaces of conviviality during the 20th century. Having hosted dreams and progress, these places have also embodied a major transformation on social practices. Combining archive documentary, mystery, film clips and personal memories, PICTURES OF GHOSTS is a map of a city through the lens of cinema.

Cannes 2023 Official Selection – Special Screening
Sydney IFF 2023
TIFF 2023 Official Selection – Wavelengths feature
New York FF 2023
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2023
Pingyao 2023 – People Choice Award
Mar del Plata 2023
Viennale 2023
IDFA 2023
Viña del Mar Chile IFF 2023
Leeds IFF 2023
Thessaloniki IFF 2023
Marrakech IFF 2023

« Kleber Mendonça Filho immortalizes Brazilian cinemas in deeply personal work. » - Indiewire

« A plea for artists to value and engage with what their hometowns have to give them, and to use these places as inspiration for making great art. Which is exactly what Mendonça Filho has done here. » - Little White Lies

« It was a beautiful and haunting experience, and it absolutely makes me want to see a film at the São Luiz. » - The Nashville Scene