Music When the Lights Go Out
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    Music When the Lights Go Out

    Música para quando as luzes se apagam

    Directed by



    70 min

    • Portuguese


    In a small town in Brazil, where pristine nature meets growing urbanity, Emelyn is a teenager with an androgynous appearance. When a woman director - both foreign and close, perhaps like a feminine alter ego of the filmmaker, arrives in town and starts to turn her life into fiction, Emelyn becomes Bernardo. Around him, loving parents, a group of friends with whom to play football, party, drink, fall in love. We will not get to know any more than that, as all that counts is the relationship built between this woman, Bernardo, and the camera, while the fiction is created before our eyes, free from any linear account. Few words are exchanged, but gestures, a closeness of bodies, and a predilection for night, which hides and reveals with the light of torches—a setting which works the film all the way through. The omnipresent dawn thus becomes a place of exploration between documentary and fiction, masculine and feminine, childhood and the age of adulthood. Ismael Caneppele successfully captures this particular state of adolescence, between the desire for others and self-invention, into which the film plunges us with sensuality and kindness.


    • Most Innovative Film - Visions du Réel <br> Art Doc Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest


    Ismael Caneppele

    Ismael Caneppele


    He made his debut as a screenwriter for THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD (2009), directed by Esmir Filho. The film was shown at festivals such as Locarno, Berlin, Rio (Redentor award for Best Film) and Havana (Jury Prize). For this script, he received the Fiesp Sesi Award 2010, was nominated for the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prize and was awarded the Brazilian Academy of Letters with the Machado de Assis Award 2011. MUSIC WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT is his first film as a director.