Confined to a universe that stretches only from bed to wheelchair, Porfirio – a man in diapers who sells call time on his cell phone in a faraway city on the outskirts of the Amazon – dreams that he can fly. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Alejandro Landes was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to a Colombian mother and Ecuadorian father. He studied literature, economics and architecture at Brown University, then went on to write for the Miami Herald and the syndicated- television talk show “Oppenheimer Presenta.”
His first film, the documentary “cocalero,” premiered at Sundance 2007 and opened theatrically in more than ten countries. With “Porfirio,” he was a fellow at the Cinéfondation Residence and the Sundance Institute. —porfiriofilm.com
A roundup for the closing weekend.
Seven films from around the world are lined up to screen in New York from March 21 through April 1.
Strong films by Karim Aïnouz, Julia Loktev, and Alejandro Landes, and disappointments from Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, and Guo Xiaolu.