Aquarius

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company, a confrontation which is both mysterious, frightening and nerve wracking. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

Neighbouring Sounds

A palpable sense of unease hangs over a single city block in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them, the area is ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. When a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a recent spate of petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties and resentments of a divided society still haunted by its troubled past.

Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within

More than a decade after waging urban war on the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento remains the controversial head of BOPE, the special-forces military police. Government officials hope to weaken the rash, but publically adored, officer by taking him off the streets and giving him a desk job in the State Department. Never one to fall in line, a maturing Nascimento must adapt his old tactics to a new position and a new enemy.

In this viscerally charged ride, José Padilha adeptly avoids the typical pitfalls of sequels by examining new themes of politics and corruption. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

OBRA

Joao Carlos Ribeiro de Almeido Neto (Irandhir Santos) is beginning to feel the weight of his sizeable name as he embarks on a major architectural project. Awaiting the birth of his first son, the young architect is going through a time of intense change — which is exacerbated by the discovery of some unexpected skeletons in his ancestral past. During the project’s excavation, a clandestine cemetery is unearthed on a plot belonging to his family, leaving Joao grappling with some difficult questions about the means by which his inherited wealth and standing were accrued.

Joao journeys through the city, led by his conscience to collect clues about his family history. His moral malaise begins to manifest itself physically, affecting his back, his bones, and eventually his ability to walk — but, as the naming of his son is imminent, discovering the truth about his family takes on a grave urgency. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]