Films

Neurotic Quest For Serenity

Neurotic Quest For Serenity, "T.O.C. - Transtornada, Obsessiva, Compulsiva"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

The first full-length film from young Brasilian directors Paulinho Caruso and Teodoro Poppovic makes you laugh and shake your head, often at the same time. Inarguably there are a lot of stupid jokes, but also a great deal of depth.

The main character is Kika (a great performance by Tatá Werneck), a well-known, but not yet that well-known star of soap operas and TV commercials, who came to São Paulo in order to get confirmation of her new role in an Armageddon-style soap opera and to present her new book.

Only a few hours before the presentation Kika learns from her manager that she has written a book...Well, the show must go on and she starts giving interviews on a book she has not written, nor even read.

The cryptic message from the author of the book sends Kika on a quest that plunges her into an ill-timed existential crisis and changes her life unrecognisably.

A fast-paced and colourful film that takes us behind the scenes of the world of modern show business and gives a dead-on and poignant description of the sexism and absurd thirst for glory that accompanies it, but there’s also a nagging feeling of emptiness when you seem to have everything and you’re still not happy. Bursts of laughter and emotional moments alternate with headspinning speed. Action, humour, romance and flying scrotums, fragments from gladiator dreams – this story has everything. The whole film is like one big tightrope walk and it has to be said to the credit of Paulinho Caruso, Teodoro Poppovic and also Tatá Werneck that all those strange and maybe not so strange pieces fit well together.

Liisi Rohumäe

Paulinho Caruso, Teo Poppovic

Awarded director with works in advertisement, cinema, videoclips and television, Paulinho Caruso graduated in cinema from FAAP, in São Paulo, Brazil, and by the New York Film Academy. Teodoro Poppovic started his career at 2003, as an intern at MTV. In 2008, he wrote around 150 sketches which were the base for Marcelo Adnet, one of greatest comedians in Brazil, improvisation. Between 2010 and 2012, he was one of the screenwriters of the TV show Comédia MTV, awarded as the best Brazilian comedy TV shows of 2010. In partnership with the director Cao Hamburger, Teodoro was one of the creators, screenwriter and director of the TV youth series "Pedro & Bianca", granted with the International Emmy Kid’s Award. "Neurotic Quest for Serenity" is their first feature film. 

Filmography

  • T.O.C. - Transtornada
  • Obsessiva
  • Compulsiva (Neurotic Quest For Serenity, 2017)

Schedule

24.11.2017
20:30 - 22:45
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 081003
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Paulinho Caruso, Director Teodoro Poppovic, Producer Fernando Fraiha, Cast Daniel Furlan
26.11.2017
17:30 - 19:35
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 100101
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Paulinho Caruso, Director Teodoro Poppovic, Producer Fernando Fraiha, Cast Daniel Furlan
28.11.2017
21:30 - 23:15
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 122003
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

First Feature Competition
Solaris Vitamins

Film info

Country: Brazil
Year: 2017
Duration: 105 minutes
Language: Portuguese
Directors: Paulinho Caruso, Teo Poppovic
Producers:  Bianca Villar, Fernando Fraiha, Karen Castanho
Writers:  Paulinho Caruso, Teodoro Poppovic 
DOP: Pierre de Kerchove
Montage: Fernando Stutz, Marcelo Junqueira
Composers: Bruno Bonaventure, Jesus Sanchez
Cast:  Tatá Werneck, Vera Holtz, Bruno Gagliasso, Daniel Furlan 
Production: Biônica Filmes

Synopsis

Director

The first full-length film from young Brasilian directors Paulinho Caruso and Teodoro Poppovic makes you laugh and shake your head, often at the same time. Inarguably there are a lot of stupid jokes, but also a great deal of depth.

The main character is Kika (a great performance by Tatá Werneck), a well-known, but not yet that well-known star of soap operas and TV commercials, who came to São Paulo in order to get confirmation of her new role in an Armageddon-style soap opera and to present her new book.

Only a few hours before the presentation Kika learns from her manager that she has written a book...Well, the show must go on and she starts giving interviews on a book she has not written, nor even read.

The cryptic message from the author of the book sends Kika on a quest that plunges her into an ill-timed existential crisis and changes her life unrecognisably.

A fast-paced and colourful film that takes us behind the scenes of the world of modern show business and gives a dead-on and poignant description of the sexism and absurd thirst for glory that accompanies it, but there’s also a nagging feeling of emptiness when you seem to have everything and you’re still not happy. Bursts of laughter and emotional moments alternate with headspinning speed. Action, humour, romance and flying scrotums, fragments from gladiator dreams – this story has everything. The whole film is like one big tightrope walk and it has to be said to the credit of Paulinho Caruso, Teodoro Poppovic and also Tatá Werneck that all those strange and maybe not so strange pieces fit well together.

Liisi Rohumäe

Paulinho Caruso, Teo Poppovic

Awarded director with works in advertisement, cinema, videoclips and television, Paulinho Caruso graduated in cinema from FAAP, in São Paulo, Brazil, and by the New York Film Academy. Teodoro Poppovic started his career at 2003, as an intern at MTV. In 2008, he wrote around 150 sketches which were the base for Marcelo Adnet, one of greatest comedians in Brazil, improvisation. Between 2010 and 2012, he was one of the screenwriters of the TV show Comédia MTV, awarded as the best Brazilian comedy TV shows of 2010. In partnership with the director Cao Hamburger, Teodoro was one of the creators, screenwriter and director of the TV youth series "Pedro & Bianca", granted with the International Emmy Kid’s Award. "Neurotic Quest for Serenity" is their first feature film. 

Filmography

  • T.O.C. - Transtornada
  • Obsessiva
  • Compulsiva (Neurotic Quest For Serenity, 2017)
Scholarship of 5000 EUR from Jameson.