Co-directed by Walter Salles (handling the camera) and Daniela Thomas (handling the actors), Midnight is another in the “2000 Seen By…” series of millennium-themed films co-produced by France’s Haut & Court for ARTE television. As millennium parties get underway in Rio, Joao escapes from jail by murdering his cellmate Pedro and slipping away during the confusion. Meanwhile, speech therapist Maria finds a note indicating that her lover Pedro has moved out. With her telephone broken, she begins wandering the confetti-filled streets in search of a working phone. Joao heads into the hills to get revenge on his betrayer, but eventually Joao and Maria intersect. As the fireworks fall over Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach and the new millennium approaches, bringing hope to everyone, the couple seal their new-found love…a love that is doomed.
Director/writer Walter Salles Jr. spearheaded the return of Brazilian cinema to international prominence in the latter half of the 1990s, particularly with his esteemed hit Central Station (1998). Born in Rio de Janeiro, the son of a well-heeled banker, Salles was raised in France and the United States before Brazil became his permanent home during his teens. Salles entered the Brazilian film industry as an award-winning documentary filmmaker during the industry’s 1980s/early-‘90s decline. After he moved to fiction with the thriller Exposure (1991), Salles’ feature career was stalled by Brazil’s disastrous economic freeze in the first half of the 1990s. Though he remained active by making documentaries for European television, Salles opted to stay in Brazil and made one of the first key films in the industry’s resurgence, Foreign Land (1995). Co-directed by Daniela Thomas, the internationally acclaimed Foreign Land addressed the fallout from Brazil’s economy through a mystery yarn set… read more
Y la muerte perderá su dominio. Los muertos desnudos serán un solo muerto. Con el hombre en el viento y la Luna de occidente; cuando se descarnen los huesos y desaparezcan los huesos. Donde hubo codos y pies aparecerán estrellas. Y aunque se sumerjan en profundas aguas tendrán que resurgir. Y aunque los amantes se extravíen perdurará el amor. Y la muerte perderá su dominio.
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