Pendular

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    Pendular

    Directed by

    Argentina, Brazil, France

    2017

    105 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama

    A young couple settles down in a large abandoned industrial warehouse. An orange strip, glued to the floor, partitions the area in two equal portions: to the right, his sculpture atelier; to the left, her dance studio. PENDULAR takes place in this setting, where art, performances and intimacy mingle together; and where the characters slowly lose their capacity of distinguishing between their artistic projects, their past and their romantic relationship.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - Berlinale Panorama

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    Credits

    Cast
    Raquel Karro
    Rodrigo Bolzan
    Neto Machado
    Marcio Vito
    Felipe Rocha
    Renato Linhares
    Larissa Siqueira
    Carlos Eduardo Santos
    Valeria Berreta
    Martina Revollo
    Jorge Alencar
    Screenplay
    Julia Murat
    Matias Mariani
    Cinematography
    Soledad Rodriguez
    Editing
    Lia Kulaukauskas
    Marina Meliande
    Music
    Lucas Marcier
    Fabiano Krieger

    Director's Statement

    The first inspiration for the film came from the performance Rest Energy, created by Marina Abramovic and her partner Ulay in 1980. Marina’s works often involve severe tests of endurance while exploring human bonds and behavior. In Rest Energy they held a taut bow with an arrow pointing at Abramovic’s heart, with only the weight of their bodies sustaining the tension. As she remembers: “Rest Energy was one of the most difficult pieces in my entire life as a performance artist, because in this piece I was not in charge. It was a performance about complete and total trust, where I could actually die”. Pendular’s leitmotiv is an enactment of the extreme levels of trust and vulnerability inherent in any deep relationship.

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    Press

    The film flows with the same rhythm and expressiveness of a contemporary dance.

    Zoe Tamara, The Up Coming

    Júlia Murat’s Pendular revels in the tactility of everyday life as an attainable kind of exaltation.

    Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

    Julia Murat

    Julia Murat

    Brazil

    Born in Rio de Janeiro in November 1979. She graduated from the Rio de Janeiro University in graphic design and at the Darcy Ribeiro Film School as a screenwriter. Julia Murat has made short-films, experimental videos, commercials and video-installations. DIA DOS PAIS her feature length documentary film premiered at Cinéma du Reel in 2008. She also has a long time experience working as an editor, assistant director, and camera assistant. HISTORIAS QUE SO EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS is her first feature length fiction film.

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