November 2019, distribution news

"Querência / Homing"

by Helvécio Marins Jr., opens: November 11, 2019

Marcelo de Sousa is a cowboy in the Brazilian pampa. He likes his job, the riding, the cattle, which he tenderly calls by their names, and the land that feeds him. After he’s unable to prevent a vicious raid on the ranch, which results in a hundred cattle in his charge being stolen, nothing is the same. He becomes depressed and gives up his job. Luckily, he has good friends and a big passion, blossoming in his role as the master of ceremonies at rodeo shows. His rousing rap-style announcements pay homage not only to the cowboy culture but also to the solidarity of the rural community, which has little trust in the country’s political leadership.

In QUERÊNCIA, director Helvécio Marins shows a melancholy hero whose life is in disarray, but who still remains true to himself. His sure direction refrains from being overly dramatic and concentrates on creating a portrait of a specific lifestyle. That he’s so successful at this is thanks to camerawork that captures the moments of loneliness just as precisely as the raucous excitement of the rodeo shows and the vastness of the landscape, bathed in warm light. (Hanna Keller)

Screenings with Q&A with Helvécio Marins Jr.
20.11., 20.15 Uhr: Frankfurt - Deutsches Filmmuseum 
21.11., 20.30 Uhr: Köln - Filmpalette
22.11., 19 Uhr: Hamburg - 3001 Kino
23.11., 19 Uhr: Berlin - Wolf Kino

Trailer (with German subtitles)

Helvécio Marins Jr. was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1973. In 1997, he finished his law studies at the Brazilian university Faculdades Milton Campos. Then, until 2002, he studied film at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte. In 2014, he lived in Berlin for several months as a beneficiary of the Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme of the DAAD.

Brasil / Germany 2019. Running time: 90 mins. Language Version: Portuguese with German subtitles. Director, Script: Helvécio Marins Jr.. Camera: Arauco Hernandez Holz. Editing: Telmo Churro. Music, Sound Design: O Grivo. Sound: Gustavo Fioravante. Production Design, Costumes: Denise Vieira. Production: Eliane Ferreira, Pablo Iraola, Walter Salles, Paulo de Carvalho, Gudula Meinzolt. Production companies: Muiraquitã Filmes (São Paulo, Brasil), Videofilmes (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Autentika Films (Berlin, Germany). With Marcelo di Souza (Marcelo), Kaic Lima (Kaic), Carlos Dalmir (Branco), Márcia Rosa (Márcia), Abadia Amparo Pires do Maciel (Badu), Nivaldo Botelho (Nivaldo), Vanessa Ribeiro (Vanessa), Rone Trindade (Rone), Diélyka Souza Maciel (Diélyka), Antonio Pires Maciel (Tonho).