Engaging with the world
| 80 minutes | 2017
In the form of a clever montage of a dozen feature films, this unusual documentary presents a new take on the pornochanchada genre. Por- nochanchadas, half comedy and half softcore porn, were low-budget sexploitation films, made exclusively in Brazil in the ’70s and ’80s, that bear witness to a painful past. Fernanda Pessoa provides a glimpse into these local productions whose nudity and lightheartedness belie their critical look at issues such as economic woes and the military dictatorship.IN PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTORNORTH AMERICAN PREMIEREIN COMPETITION
Fernanda Pessoa has a B.A. in Film Making, Sao Paulo, and an M.A. in Film Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. As a filmmaker and visual artist, she works primarily on experimental and documental cinema, as well as on found footage.Pessoa has studied in Buenos Aires and in Paris, where she started developing her work in 8mm, 16mm and found footage.She has directed five short films, screened in festivals such as San Sebastian Film Festival, Manhattan International Film and Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival.She has just released her first feature film "Stories our cinema did (not) tell, result of a 5 year research on the pornochanchada and the military dictatorship and winner of the State Fund Proac de Finalização de Longa-metragem de 2015. She participated on the audiovisual residency on MIS-SP, and made the videoinstalation "Forbidden Pleasures" as its results. She is currently editing her second feature and working on an interactive documentary selected for the LABMIS 2017 residency.BERLIM 1989 / 2015/ Super 8mm/experimental short film/ 3’ Exhibited at theSuper OFF International Festival (São Paulo, Brazil) and at the art exhibitionContraprova (2015), at Paço das artes, São Paulo.ENSAIO ABERTO BRASIL/ 2014/ HD/ Documental series of 6 episodes of 26minutes/ Co-direction/ Exhibited at Canal Curta! on Brazilian television.FEMMES DE MÉNAGE/ 2013/ 9’/ HD/ France and Portugal/Second Place Award at Festival Cinema de Frontera, in Girona, Espanha - 2014San Sebastian International Film Festival – Borderline session - 2013;;Manhattan International Film Festival 2014;;Festival Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces 2014;;17th Flying Broom;; International Women's Festival 2014;;Cine las Americas 2014;;Girona Cinema Festival 2014;;XX Festival de Vídeo de Teresina;;25o Festival Internacional de Curtas metragens de São Paulo.
STORIES OUR CINEMA DID (NOT) TELL/ 2017/ 79 min/ Feature documentaryMostra de Tiradentes 2017 - New director's Competition19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - International Competition29e Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse - Documentary CompetitionFestival de Cine Lima Independiente - (Honorable mention in the Competencia Iberoamérica Ahora)Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São LuisPirenopólis Doc (National Competition)CineBH International Film Festival
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