Films

Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!

Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!, "Não Devore Meu Coração!"

Synopsis

Director

As flamboyant and melodramatic as its title, this spirited first solo feature from Brazilian writer/director Felipe Bragança delivers a stylish genre mash-up of teen love, gang warfare and surreal fantasy. Essentially, it’s a riff on „Romeo and Juliet“ set amongst a centuries-old conflict on the river border between Brazil and Paraguay, a turbulent region scarred by a dark history of colonial oppression. These days the combatants are rival Brazilian and indigenous Guaraní motorcycle gangs.

Amongst it all, 13-year-old Brazilian boy Joca crushes hard for slightly older Guaraní girl Basano, but this haughty Amazonian princess with alligator tattoos must also fend off the advances of her much older cousin Alberto, leader of the Guaraní bikers. Joca’s older brother Fernando is a high-ranking Brazilian gangster, and when Fernando is involved in a deadly street race a full-scale turf war breaks out between the two rival gangs forcing the lovelorn Joca to choose sides.

With its vibrant neon-drenched visuals and moody synth score, Bragança’s film brings Nicolas Winding Refn’s „Drive“ to mind but its outré, dreamlike atmosphere is at times pure Lynch. – New Zealand Film Festival

Felipe Bragança

(b. 1980, Rio de Janeiro); his short films and experimental features – often made in collaboration with creative partner Marina Meliande – have screened at high-profile festivals. He regularly works with Karim Aïnouz as an assistant director and screenwriter, as he did on the feature film „Praia do futuro“ (Futuro Beach) which was screened in the PÖFF programme in 2014.

Filmography

  • A Fuga
  • a Raiva
  • a Danca
  • a Bunda
  • a Boca
  • a Calma
  • a Vida da Mulher Gorila (2009, co-dir)
  • A alegria (The Joy, 2010, co-dir)
  • Não Devore Meu Coração (Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
15:45 - 17:33
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 020503
Sold out
25.11.2017
17:15 - 19:03
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 091801
Sold out
29.11.2017
17:00 - 18:48
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 131701
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Brazil, Paraguay
Year: 2017
Duration: 108 minutes
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Guaran
Director: Felipe Bragança
Producers: Marina Meliande, Marcos Prado
Writer: Felipe Bragança
DOP: Glauco Firpo
Montage: Jon Kadocsa
Composer: Baris Akardere
Cast: Eduardo Macedo, Adeli Gonzales, Cauã Reymond, Zahy Guajajara, Cláudia Assunção
Production: Duas Mariola
Distributor: Mundial
Festivals: Sundance, Berlinale, Stockholm

Synopsis

Director

As flamboyant and melodramatic as its title, this spirited first solo feature from Brazilian writer/director Felipe Bragança delivers a stylish genre mash-up of teen love, gang warfare and surreal fantasy. Essentially, it’s a riff on „Romeo and Juliet“ set amongst a centuries-old conflict on the river border between Brazil and Paraguay, a turbulent region scarred by a dark history of colonial oppression. These days the combatants are rival Brazilian and indigenous Guaraní motorcycle gangs.

Amongst it all, 13-year-old Brazilian boy Joca crushes hard for slightly older Guaraní girl Basano, but this haughty Amazonian princess with alligator tattoos must also fend off the advances of her much older cousin Alberto, leader of the Guaraní bikers. Joca’s older brother Fernando is a high-ranking Brazilian gangster, and when Fernando is involved in a deadly street race a full-scale turf war breaks out between the two rival gangs forcing the lovelorn Joca to choose sides.

With its vibrant neon-drenched visuals and moody synth score, Bragança’s film brings Nicolas Winding Refn’s „Drive“ to mind but its outré, dreamlike atmosphere is at times pure Lynch. – New Zealand Film Festival

Felipe Bragança

(b. 1980, Rio de Janeiro); his short films and experimental features – often made in collaboration with creative partner Marina Meliande – have screened at high-profile festivals. He regularly works with Karim Aïnouz as an assistant director and screenwriter, as he did on the feature film „Praia do futuro“ (Futuro Beach) which was screened in the PÖFF programme in 2014.

Filmography

  • A Fuga
  • a Raiva
  • a Danca
  • a Bunda
  • a Boca
  • a Calma
  • a Vida da Mulher Gorila (2009, co-dir)
  • A alegria (The Joy, 2010, co-dir)
  • Não Devore Meu Coração (Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!, 2017)