O amor natural
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O amor natural
IDFA 2011

O amor natural

Heddy Honigmann
76 min
Festival history
In 1993, Heddy Honigmann interviewed a large number of taxi drivers in Lima for her film . The result was a beautiful sketch of the bittersweet life in Peru. In , Honigmann captures Brazilian society, her angle in this case being the erotic poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987), who is considered to be one of the greatest Latin American poets of the last century. Drummond made his debut in 1930 and published his last collection of poems in 1985. Between 1965 and 1985, he also wrote erotic poems that sing the praises of sexual love: "Love - being an essential word - / begin this song, envelop it all / Love guide my verse, and as it guides / wed soul, desire, member and vulva." Honigmann took these poems, which were published under the title , as the point of departure for her film. In Rio de Janeiro, she talks with people about sex, love and their memories of it. ("Without sex there is no love, and without love there is no sex.") As with , the result is a film that transcends the anecdotal and personal and that offers a penetrating image of sensual Brazilian culture. Honigmann initially called her film , a film "that glorifies the physical side of love, through sobriety and humor, through bluntness and tenderness, through melancholy".
Screening copy
    Pieter van Huystee Film
    Pieter van Huystee Film
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Cinema Delicatessen
    Cinema Delicatessen