“Aquarius” follows the 65-year-old Brazilian widow Clara (Sonia Braga), a former music journalist who’s living out her retirement in the apartment complex where she grew up. Clara pledges to stay in the apartment until she dies, but her plans become complicated when young real estate developer Diego (Humberto Carrão) tries to push her out of her home so that he can transform the forties-era building into a luxury condo. Though the other residents have all vacated, Clara refuses to move, and thus begins a war of attrition between herself and her corporate enemies to see who will blink first. Watch the film’s trailer below.
The film is written and directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho. A former journalist and critic, Filho eventually transitioned into being a director, experimenting with a host of fiction and documentary styles and creating a series of shorts in the 2000s. His first feature-length film “Neighboring Sounds,” which follows a middle-class neighborhood in Recife after the arrival of a private security firm upends the lives of the inhabitants, screened at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the annual New Directors/New Films series in New York City. It was later selected as Brazil’s selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
“Aquarius” premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim. There is currently no U.S. release date set for the film.