When It Lifts Its Little Eyes Up

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    When It Lifts Its Little Eyes Up

    La Grenouille et Dieu

    Directed by

    France, Brazil


    20 min

    • French


    Pancevo FFMessage to Man IFFSão Paulo ISFFOlhar de Cinema – Curitiba IFF

    Mad love story – a threat comes to haunt everyday banality. A young man at his twenties, tough manners. A grown, pregnant woman. The two of them have been living together for a few months in a tiny apartment in the suburbs, until the day money runs out. Bypassing moral standards, carried away by the truth of senses, they go for a walk across the city, running towards nature – a ruthless witness to their acts, but also their last shelter.



    Caroline Ducey
    Finnegan Oldfield
    Alice Furtado
    Felipe Quintelas
    Alice Furtado
    Orlando Scarpa

    Director's Statement

    I started to imagine this film based on a verse from a Brazilian poem, which says, “When the frog is about to give birth, it lifts its little eyes up to God.” Meanwhile I was discovering William Faulkner, through a book that changed my life - The Wild Palms. It made me rethink the whole film. I feel that between these texts from which everything started, the locations found almost accidentally, the actors and the crew there was something magical going on, that gave meaning to everything.

    Alice Furtado

    Alice Furtado


    I used to be very anguished about the idea of being stuck to a single point of view of the material world through your entire life… Today when I think about it, I believe I got cured from this anguish through love and cinema, which are two beautiful ways of experiencing otherness.

    Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1987, Alice Furtado graduated in film from the Universidade Federal Fluminense. In 2010, she directed the short film DUEL BEFORE NIGHTFALL, which was part of the La Cinéfondation selection at Cannes, and was presented at the 2012 IFF Rotterdam. In 2012, she entered Le Fresnoy school in France, where she wrote and directed the short film WHEN IT LIFTS ITS LITTLE EYES UP (2014) which won Best Short Film at the Pancevo FF. During this period, she was mentored by filmmaker Claire Denis, working as an assistant director on her short film HERE IS THE SEQUENCE (2014). She also works regularly as a film editor on feature films and TV series. SICK, SICK, SICK (2019) is her debut feature film and premiered at the Director’s Fortnight, Cannes.

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