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The Moving Creatures

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A Cinema Slate Release
Written and directed by Caetano Gotardo.

***Educational DVD Now Available with PPR Rights.***
***Shipped only after October 5, 2015.***

Running time: 97 minutes
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles.
Year: 2013

Opens September 11 at New York's Cinema Village. 

Synopsis: In Caetano Gotardo’s lyrical omnibus film The Moving Creatures, three very different mothers are confronted, through three very different trials-by-ordeal, with the limits of what a mother “just knows”.  With little fanfare (and not a whiff of the blatant “interconnectedness” often de rigeur among multi-story films), the daily rhythms and textures of three families unfold before us. And at the end of each story, all three mothers emerge from their private crucibles with an understanding — though one that can only be expressed in a way that erupts into the film’s very reality.

In the film’s first story, a mother (Maria Júlia, played by famed Brazilian actress, singer and performer Cida Moreira), learns about her son’s most intimate secret maybe a minute too late. On the second tale, an enigmatically afflicted sound engineer (Eduardo, played by Rômulo Braga) skulks through his day of nausea and confusion, while his wife Silvia (Andréa Marquee) muses on the scope of infant wisdom with a friend, as the two gaze at the former’s child. What happens next throws both parents into a state of trauma. The last story follows João (Henrique Schafer) and Ana (Fernanda Vianna), on their preparations to re-encounter their long-lost son.

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THE MOVING CREATURES
(O Que Se Move)

A Cinema Slate Release
Directed by Caetano Gotardo

Theatrical Playdates:
September 11, 2015 – New York City (Cinema Village)

Although humans have always gone to lengths, both comedic and horrifying, to fill in or flatly deny the chasm between each of us, we have by now accepted existential isolation to the degree that we can. Yet, when it comes to the knowledge that parents have of their children (especially mothers), our cynicism is somehow suspended.

In Caetano Gotardo’s lyrical omnibus film The Moving Creatures, three very different mothers are confronted, through three very different trials-by-ordeal, with the limits of what a mother “just knows”.  With little fanfare (and not a whiff of the blatant “interconnectedness” often de rigeur among multi-story films), the daily rhythms and textures of three families unfold before us. And at the end of each story, all three mothers emerge from their private crucibles with an understanding — though one that can only be expressed in a way that erupts into the film’s very reality.

In the film’s first story, a mother (Maria Júlia, played by famed Brazilian actress, singer and performer Cida Moreira), learns about her son’s most intimate secret maybe a minute too late. On the second tale, an enigmatically afflicted sound engineer (Eduardo, played by Rômulo Braga) skulks through his day of nausea and confusion, while his wife Silvia (Andréa Marquee) muses on the scope of infant wisdom with a friend, as the two gaze at the former’s child. What happens next throws both parents into a state of trauma. The last story follows João (Henrique Schafer) and Ana (Fernanda Vianna), on their preparations to re-encounter their long-lost son.

While The Moving Creatures is by and large as diegetically sober as a Rossellini or Dogme film, each act concludes with its respective mother breaking the codes of realism – and into song. For director Gotardo, who skeletally (and almost incidentally) gleaned the film’s material from three news items, music was the fitting choice of expressing the inexpressible.

For some, such untrained speak-singing about sex crimes and the life-lessons of arcade games may induce titters, but for the receptive, these moments are salient entries in the inscrutable lexicon of the heart.

Cast:

Cida Moreira – Maria Júlia

Andrea Marquee – Silvia

Fernanda Vianna – Ana

Rômulo Braga – Eduardo

Wandré Gouveia – Pedro

Henrique Schafer – João

Gabriel dos Reis – Antônio / Fábio

Dagoberto Feliz – Afonso

Adriana Mendonça – Cecília

Larissa Siqueira – Larissa

Crew:

Director – Caetano Gotardo

Writer – Caetano Gotardo

Produced by Sara Silveira and Maria Ionescu.

Music by Marco Dutra, Caetano Gotardo, Ramiro Murillo

Cinematography by Heloísa Passos

Casting by Maria Clara Escobar and Lara Lima

Additional information

DVD with PPR Rights

$300.00

DVD with PPR Rights and Digital Site LIcense

$600.00

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