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MARGARETTE'S FEAST (A Festa de Margarette)

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MARGARETTE'S FEAST (A Festa de Margarette)

Director: Renato Falcão
Brazil   |   2002   |   80 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Brazilian, black-and-white silent film, Margarette's Feast, is director Renato Falcão's stunning debut feature. The phenomenal Hique Gomez plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world whose predicament transforms him into this tall stick of a human alternately tugging at your heart-strings and your laugh-out-loud muscles in a pitch perfect blend of tragedy and comedy. The film makes dazzling use of exhilarating Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles, and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum that would be the envy of Dicken's or Balzac.

About the director Born in Passo Fundo, Brasil in 1963, Renato Falcao is an award-winning cinematographer and director. He has shot five feature films and more than 20 short films, as well as numerous documentaries, television miniseries, and music videos, winning several awards for his work at film festivals around the world. As a cinematographer, Renato shot his first internationally acclaimed short film, “Presage”, in 1993. His 1994 short film, “Save me”, received awards at the 1995 Houston Worldfest and the Columbus International Film Festival. In 1997, his short film, “Dearly Beloved”, produced by The Shooting Gallery and starring Eric Stoltz, received the Best Short Film Award at the 1997 Houston Worldfest. Renato has also served as cinematographer for the critically acclaimed feature, “Neptune's Rocking Horse”, and the highly grossing independent film, “American Desi”. Renato made his directorial debut in 1994 with the documentary, “Um Ato de Amor à Vida”, which played a consequential role in the AIDS prevention movement in Brasil. In 2002, Renato served as director, as well as writer and cinematographer, for his first feature film, “Margarette’s Feast”, which received the Best Music Award at the “Cine Ceara 2002 — Brasil”, and the awards for Best Art Director and Best New Director at the “35 Festival de Cinema de Brasilia — Brasil”, the oldest and most respected Brazilian Film Festival. Renato has studied with well-known directors of photography such as Laszlo Kovacs A.S.C, Sol Negrin A.S.C, and the Oscar winning Richard Shore A.S.C., as well as the great Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás. He is currently in postproduction for the documentary, “Iberê”, about the great Brasilian painter Iberê Camargo.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2004 film series.



CAST

Hique Gomez
Ilana Kaplan
Carmem Silva
Jefferson Silveira
Isis Medeiros
Pedro Gil
Artur Pinto
Dimitri Sanchez
Leonardo Lentino

CREW

Director - Renato Falcão
Executive Producer - Regina Datria
Cinematographer - Renato Falcão
Production Designer - Rodrigo Lopez
Editor - Renato Falcão
Music - Hique Gomez
REVIEWS

"Touching, funny, and engaging." - Portland Memory

"Superbly updates the style of silent movies to show how the spirit of Chaplin is still with us." - International Federation of Film Critics

"Skillfully mimics the underlit photography and cluttered frames of silent movies, while updating the rhythm to modern tastes through editing and music" - Variety

Festivals & Awards

2002
Candango Trophy, Best Art Direction; Special Jury Award, BRAZILIA FESTIVAL OF BRAZILIAN CINEMA
Feature Film Trophy, Best Original Score, CINE CEARÁ NATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL

2003
FIPRESCI Prize, MOTOVUN FILM FESTIVAL

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