Online for the second consecutive year, É Tudo Verdade 2021 is a world to be explored in ten days. No less than 69 films, Brazilian and foreign, at a festival whose trademark is the quality of the selected productions.
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Among the attractions, the first highlight is the debut feature, Fuga, by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, elected best documentary at the Sundance Festival. It is a curious specimen (although not a pioneer) of what experts call “animadoc” in the intimacy. Documentary animated films, which, in more traditional times of the format, would be a kind of contradiction in terms. With animation technique, Fuga tells the very real story of the character, on his way from Afghanistan plagued by the Taliban to a troubled exile in Denmark. The film is quite impressive, both for the formal aspect and the tone used in matters of such seriousness.
Quite interesting, too, is Gloria à Rainha, by Tatia Skhirtladze, a production from Austria, Georgia and Serbia. It presents the story of four female chess players who were successful in a predominantly male world. Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Alexandria, Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani, all Georgians, turned the chess world upside down with their intelligence and talent. This was at a time of the Cold War, when sport was considered a priority in the former Soviet Union as a way of affirming socialist superiority over capitalism. Beautiful film, which appears in a moment of interest in the female chess awakened by the Netflix series O Gambito de Rainha.
Under Total Control, by Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, addresses the irresponsibility of the Donald Trump administration in the face of the new coronavirus pandemic. It opens up a crucial aspect for us by showing that every Trump misstep – denialism, disbelief in science, contempt for social isolation and use of masks, mismanagement of resources, lack of social security in vaccination, use of inappropriate medicines, poor management of hospitals, etc. – was strictly imitated by his Brazilian clone. It is not by chance that they are the two countries with the highest death toll in the world.
Finally, be sure to see Charlie Chaplin, Genius of Freedom, by Yves Jeuland. It is 145 minutes of pure pleasure, following the trajectory of the creator of Carlitos, from his miserable childhood in London to the glory of having become the most famous filmmaker and actor of his time. Many scenes from films, unpublished material and off-narration by French actor Mathieu Amalric.