A film like an invitation to someone’s house. In his apartment in São Paulo, between making coffee and gay hook-ups, Marcelo’s fetishes and longings are revealed, casually and full of intensity. Marcelo’s closest confidants seem to be books, especially Novalis’ unfinished novel “Heinrich von Ofterdingen”, whose protagonist seeks an elusive blue flower. Marcelo is also looking for something, following the traces of his eventful past. The camera observes him and captures his stories with total concentration, until a simple panning shot initiates the reenactment of one chapter of his biography. Marcelo’s words only nominally seem to take centre stage, for his physical movements actually divulge more, they are performative reservoirs of memory. Marcelo’s flat thus becomes his life’s stage – shimmering, entertaining, amusing, serious and sincere. The documentary staging employed by directors Vinagre and Carneiro crafts an entire multi-layered universe from the self-contained cosmos of the flat. THE BLUE FLOWER OF NOVALIS is far more than just an open-hearted and intimate portrait, it’s a film like the petals of the blue flower, at once tender and beguiling.
- Marcelo Diorio
- Gustavo Vinagre
- Marcelo Diorio
- Bruno Risas
- Rodrigo Carneiro
- CARNEIRO VERDE FILMES
... proves an empathetic, non-judgmental portrait of a man disregarding taboos and mores in his search for truth.
It's very important for me that the viewers have doubts about the film because once they question what they are looking at, they have access to the possibility of doubting life in general. The main reason I make films is precisely this desire to create doubts and reflection on life.
Gustavo VINAGRE (1985, Brazil) was educated at the EICTV school in Cuba and in Literature at the University of São Paulo. His short films, FILM FOR A BLIND POET (2012) and NOVA DUBAI (2014) both premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His first feature, I REMEMBER THE CROWS (2018) was awarded the Joris Ivens – CNAP Award & the Young Jury Award at Cinéma Du Réel. His follow-up, a documentary made with Rodrigo Carneiro, THE BLUE FLOWER OF NOVALIS (2019) premiered in Berlinale Panorama.
In his œuvre, Vinagre criticises the lack of love in modern society.