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THE TENANTS (Os Inquilinos)

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THE TENANTS (Os Inquilinos)

Director: Sérgio Bianchi
Brazil   |   2009   |   103 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors. Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

About the Director Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968, he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance, The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible.

Available Screening Formats DVD. Digibeta available upon request.

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DVD Release Date: March 2012

Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.



CAST

Valter - Marat Descartes
Iara - Ana Carbatti
Dimas - Umberto Magnani

CREW

Director - Sérgio Bianchi
Writers - Sérgio Bianchi, Beatriz Bracher
Producer - Sérgio Bianchi
Cinematography - Marcelo Corpanni, Gilberto Otero
Editor - André Finotti
Sound - Paulo Gama
Music - Sérgio Bianchi
REVIEWS

"…we get the sense of violence as a pervasive force that cannot be denied or avoided. The film works well as a consideration of the awkwardness of dealing with the violence around us. Even if we consider ourselves external to it, the city insists that we all heed its notice." –Edge Miami

"With stunning performances by its lead actors Marat Descartes and Ana Carbatti (the vigilant mother of the family), THE TENANTS is a tour-de-force of cinematic tension." –Santa Barbara Independent

"Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.” –Cinema St. Louis

"As the film's lead characters oscillate between isolation and paranoia, their spectator-based mode of engagement with the outside world reflect a larger, global split between the violence of those with power and the passivity of the ones who comprise all visible social narratives." –BrazilNYC

“Simply the best movie we've ever seen on the subject of violence, fear and the human survival instinct.” -Video TapeWorm

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Best Screenplay; Best Supporting Actress FESTIVAL DO RIO
OURENSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TAORMINA FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
CINE LAS AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FESTIVALISSIMO
TAIPEI FILM FESTIVAL
BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN ISRAEL
BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MIAMI
PREM. BRAZIL BERLIN 2010
DANISH FILM INSTITUTE
CINE FEST PETROBAS BRAZIL-NY

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