N O T Í C I A S
S C R E E N I N G S
Fabiana, a trans woman, lives as a nomadic truck driver all across Brazil for more than thirty years. Now she is approaching retirement and should leave behind her adventures on the road.
Country: Brazil // Roads of Goiás, Tocantins, Pará, Bahia, Pernambuco, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo.
Running time: 89 min
Genre: documentary // road movie
A B O U T T H E F I L M
“As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.”
“Ithaka”, by Konstantinos Kaváfis*
Director's Statement //
I found this poem years after my first hitchhiking trips, during the making of my first feature-film, the documentary- road movie Fabiana. It translates, at the same time, the experience of hitchhiking, the protagonist’s life, and the process of making a road movie.
In 2006, I migrated from Goiânia to São Paulo, when I started with my hitchhiking trips, wanting to also know the roads that took me to my destinations. Each car or truck that stopped for me was a new universe of personal stories, which paired with the landscapes passing by the window during the journey. With these stories, it would be possible to put together some sort of oral and sentimental cartography of the places we went through.
Many of those who stopped to offer me a ride were truck drivers, all men. In general, they give rides to be able to talk, to ward off solitude and to make time feel less sluggish. Nevertheless, in one of these times, when I hitched for a ride, in 2012, a woman, driving a big truck, stopped: it was her, Fabiana. We went from São Paulo to Brasília in a two-day haul. Along the way, she told me many of the stories she had lived on the road. With her thick accent from the interior of Goiás, she reminded me of the Goianian storytellers that prose about the simple things of the everyday life.
* C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992
F E S T I V A L S
DECEMBER // 2019
This Human World - Austria // Up and Coming Competition
December 05th // 19:00 // TOP Kino - Vienna
NOVEMBER // 2019
Mostra Sesc de Cinema - Brazil // Panorama Brasil Competition
November 08th // 17:20 // Cinema na Praça - Paraty
November 09th // 16:00 // Unidade Santa Rita - Paraty
II Festival do Filme Etnográfico do Pará - Brazil
November 09th // 17:30 // SESC Ver-o-Peso
Mostra DOCSP - São Paulo - Brazil
November 10th // 17:00 // Centro Cultural São Paulo - Sala Paulo Emílio
Fringe! Queer Film & Art Fest - England
November 17th// 13:00 // Stoke Newington Library Gallery - London
Exground - Germany // Focus Brazil
November 17th // 17:30 // Murnau-Filmtheater - Wiesbaden
November 21st // 20:15 // Pupille Kino - Frankfurt
Festival Cabíria - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
November 26th // 19:00 // Cine Maison
SEPTEMBER // 2019
San Francisco Latino Film Festival - US // Keeping it Kweer Section
Visões Periféricas - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil // Panoramica Competition // Best Film Award
AUGUST // 2019
MICGénero - Mexico // Cuir/Queer Section
JUNE // 2019
Espacio Queer - Argentina // International Competition
TLVFest - Israel // Documentary Competition // Best Documentary Film Award
MAY // 2019
IndieLisboa - Portugal // Section Brasil em Transe
Cine Jardim - PE - Brazil // Competition // Special Jury Award
DIGO Festival - GO- Brazil // Competition
InsideOut Film Festival - Canada // International Showcase
MARCH // 2019
Festival de Málaga - Spain // Documentary Competition
JANUARY // 2019
Film Festival Rotterdam - Netherlands // Bright Future Competition
NOVEMBER // 2018
Ela na Tela Festival - Porto Alegre - Brazil // Opening film
Panorama Int'l Coisa de Cinema Festival - Bahia - Brazil
// Cachoeira Competition // Best Film Award
// Panorama Brasil - Salvador
Mix Brasil Festival - São Paulo - Brazil // Panorama Brasil
For Rainbow Festival - Fortaleza - Brazil // Competition // Best Documentary Award
Mostra de Cinema de Gostoso - São Miguel do Gostoso - Brazil // Competition
Comunicurtas UEPB - Campina Grande - Brazil // Competition // Best Film, Direction, Edition, and Photography Award
DECEMBER // 2018
Imagem-Movimento Festival - Macapá
OCTOBER // 2018
São Luis Int'l Film Festival - Brazil // Olhar de Cinema Section
3 Margens Festival - Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil // Opening Film
São Paulo Int'l Film Festival - Brazil // Mostra Brasil
SEPTEMBER // 2018
Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema - Brazil // Festival of Festivals Section
JUNE // 2018
WORLD AND BRAZILIAN PREMIERE
Olhar de Cinema Curitiba Int'l Filme Festival - Brazil // Competition // Audience Award
N E W S
M A I N T E A M
Fabiana Camila Ferreira
Photography, and sound recording
Bruna Carvalho Almeida
Fernando Pereira dos Santos
Fernando Pereira dos Santos
Screenplay and editing consultants
Maria Clara Escobar
Consultants from Ateliers Varan in a Documentary Project Lab, 2015
Consultant in the Rough Cut Lab do DocSP, 2017
Eloy San Carlo