The impeachment and removal from office of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2016 was triggered by a corruption scandal involving, among others, her then vice-president Michel Temer. Director Maria Augusta Ramos follows the trial against Rousseff from the point of view of her defence team. This is a courtroom drama that unfolds slowly; the appearances of the various parties gradually turn the proceedings into something akin to theatre. Inside the courtroom, grand emotions are played to full effect whilst, on the other side of the doors, lobbyists and supporters pace the corridors. Meanwhile, outside, in front of Brasília’s modernist government buildings, demonstrators are chanting like a Greek chorus. Only the main character, Dilma Rousseff herself, remains professional and aloof. Following her award-winning documentaries Justiça and Juízo, in which Ramos scrutinised the Brazilian judicial system, she now turns her analytical gaze on the predominantly politically motivated trial against Dilma Rousseff. Her wholly observational film is without commentary; it shows the structures of power, the grandstanding as well as the smaller, rarely seen details.
- 3rd Place Panorama Audience Award for Documentary Film - Berlin IFF
- Best Feature Film of the International Competition - Visions du Réel
- Dilma Rousseff
- Jose Eduardo Cardozo
- Alan Schvarsberg
- Karen Akerman
- NOFOCO FILMES PRODUCOES CINEMATOGRAFICAS
What “The Trial” exposes instead is the way blatantly unscrupulous politicians desperate to save their own skins against corruption charges made a travesty of justice.
a necessary observational documentary that follows the senate’s impeachment hearings to their foregone conclusion.
I make films about a specific situation, or a character, or a process, or a moment in time that inspire me. Through the characters and through their lives I portray and reflect on that reality. I am interested in human interaction: how people interact with each other, with their environment.
Maria Augusta Ramos (Brazil, 1964) is a documentary director. After graduating from university in her home town, she studied Musicology and Electroacoustic Music in Paris and London. In 1990 Ramos moved to the Netherlands, where she entered the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. Her debut, BRASILIA, A DAY IN FEBRUARY, was awarded the Jury Prize at the São Paulo IDF. Since then, her films won a multitude of awards at festivals around the world, including IDFA, Visions du Reel, DOK Leipzig, Taiwan Int. Doc Festival, CPH: DOX and Watch Docs Festival. She was also the laureate of the 2013 Marek Nowicki Prize for her body of work. Her film DROUGHT was part of Vision du Reel and FUTURE JUNE won Best Documentary in Rio IFF. Her latest film THE TRIAL premered and was awarded in Berlinale Panorama.