Russa

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    Russa

    Directed by

    Portugal, Brazil

    2018

    20 min

    • Portuguese

    Documentary

    1974 in Porto, in the north of Portugal. In Bairro do Aleixo the government is proudly celebrating the grand opening of five new high-rises. With their lovely riverside location, the buildings are to become home for over 300 families that are due to be forcibly relocated from the city centre. Over the years, the quarter develops into a neighbourhood known for drug dealing, with high criminality and prostitution. In 2011, two of the five towers are torn down. The government hopes the situation will improve through the move, while at the same time there is growing interest in the property on the part of an unbridled real estate sector. Russa is one of those individuals whose apartments are still there, although already closed off. She has spent the past years in prison and is out now on a weekend furlough, spending the night at her sister’s place. Directors João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr. accompany her on her return, at her meeting with her sister and friends. Again and again talk turns to the home that is no longer there and what is to come. As in his previous work, Salaviza examines the effects of forced relocation on the human psyche.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Helene Campos
    Maria Antonieta
    Alberto Moreira
    Screenplay
    João Salaviza
    Ricardo Alves Jr.
    Renée Nader Messora
    Germano Melo
    Editing
    João Salaviza
    Ricardo Alves Jr.
    Sales
    AGENCIA - PORTUGUESE SHORT FILM AGENCY
    Production
    KARO FILMES
    Ricardo Alves Jr.

    Ricardo Alves Jr.

    Brazil

    Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1982, he is a screenwriter, filmmaker and theatre director who began by directing short films which were screened and won prizes at numerous international festivals. The Cinémathèque Française dedicated a retrospective to him in 2013. He made his feature film debut in 2016 with ELON DOESN'T BELIEVE IN DEATH which screened at festivals across Brazil, Latin America, China and Europe and won several awards. His most recent film RUSSA premiered at Berlinale Shorts 2018.

    Selected Filmography

    João Salaviza

    João Salaviza

    Portugal

    I always feel that cinema is ahead of me. It’s the films that drive me.

    Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1984, he studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His short films ARENA (Palme d’Or at Cannes), CERRO NEGRO (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and RAFA (Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale) screened at over 100 festivals around the world and won numerous prizes. His feature film debut MOUNTAIN premiered in the International Critics’ Week at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival. Another visit to Berlinale Shorts followed with HIGH CITIES OF BONE in 2017. His short RUSSA, premiered at Berlinale Shorts 2018. His most recent feature film THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora has been selected in Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2018.

    Selected Filmography