Obscuro Barroco

  • Evangelia Kranioti
  • France, Greece
  • 2018
  • 60 min
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The second full-length film by the Franco-Greek artist Evangelia Kranioti is a spellbinding, hallucinatory film essay that wanders off the beaten narrative track and takes us to Rio de Janeiro, the go-to city for anyone wanting to transform into a new version of themselves—at the exhilarating, gender-bending carnival, or one of the many nightclubs for the queer scene.

This visual homage meanders through the steamy clubs, the vivid carnival parades with their buttock-shaking dancers, and the raging protests, before drifting onwards into the nocturnal streets of Rio, a city of extremes where queer culture is in full bloom.

Our guide and narrator is the famous Brazilian transgender activist Luana Muniz (1961-2017), who is sensual and melancholy as she recites lines of poetry from Clarice Lispector’s experimental monologue Água Viva. Reflections on identity, aging and self-expression all flow into the lights of Rio. Political events that herald a new conservative era seep into the background of this dizzying dream.

Credits

  • 60 min
  • color
  • DCP
Director
Evangelia Kranioti
Production
Evangelia Kranioti / Tropical Underground
Co-production
Anemon Productions
Cinematography
Evangelia Kranioti
Editing
Yorgos Lamprinos
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