MVFF45: CHARCOAL (CARVÃO)
October 15 only
Part of the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival at The Roxie.
Writer-director Carolina Markowicz’s evocative feature debut is the kind of film that makes you love cinema more than ever. Irene (Maeve Jinkings, Aquarius, MVFF39), her husband Jairo (Rômulo Braga, Blue Blood, MVFF38), and their son live in Brazil’s rural outskirts and work in a small backyard charcoal factory. That simple, quiet life changes when the family allows treacherous nurse Juracy (Aline Marta, Memory House) to use their house as a hideaway for fugitive drug lord Miguel (César Bordón, Wild Tales). This dry satire poignantly depicts a society full of contradictions, in which religion, faith, life, and death all become entwined in flexible moral dilemmas. The utterly fearless ensemble delivers astonishing performances, and the sharp direction confirms Markowicz as a talent to watch. —João Federici.
Director: Carolina Markowicz. Brazil / Argentina. In Brazilian Portuguese & Spanish with English subtitles. 2022, 107 min.