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Muito romântico

dir. Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn
Germany, Brazil 2016 / 72’
subtitles: Polish and English
Special Award

The soothing blue of the Atlantic and caustic red hull of a cargo ship: this color contrast establishes the framework for a new stage in the life of two Brazilian artists, Melissa and Gustavo, who are sailing to Europe on board a container ship. They live in a small apartment in Berlin that becomes a kind of cinematic laboratory, where a film fantasy is combined with personal experiences and their memories are infused with literature. Together with friends, they play different roles and stage scenes inspired by reality, thus blurring the line between truth and fiction. In Muito Romântico, which was shot on grainy 16 mm film, directors Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn have fun playing with their images and personal narratives, subjecting them to a certain artistic treatment. The material for their work comes from their life stories, their common journey, their life in Berlin, and their reflections about the changing city and emotional animosity. The result is an original hybrid somewhere between a documentary and a feature film. Surprising in terms of its surreal imagination, this spirit-filled, avant-garde kaleidoscope of ideas, images, and techniques, with pictures from private archives, is a miniature concert with the directors in the role of musicians, as well as a time-traveling teleportation device that takes audiences inside the walls of their apartment.

Prepared by: Mariusz Mikliński

Melissa Dullius

Born in 1981 in Porto Alegre, Melissa Dullius is a Brazilian artist, performer, photographer, and director. Since 1999, she has been collaborating with Gustavo Jahn, making movies on 16 mm film. After moving from Brazil to Berlin in 2006, they founded Distruktur together, which works at the intersection of various artistic fields, including film, music, graphic art, and photography. In 2010, they appeared in Tiago Mata Machado's avant-garde film Os Residentes (11th New Horizons). Their joint projects have been screened at numerous international festivals (Berlinale, International Film Festival in Moscow), as well as in galleries (New Museum in New York, Paço das Artes in São Paulo). Their work combines surreal imagination and themes of travel and identity.

Filmography:

2009 Triangulum (short co-dir.)

2010 Cat Effect (short, co-dir.)

2013 In the Traveler's Heart (short, co-dir.)

Gustavo Jahn

Born in 1980 in Florianópolis, Gustavo Jahn is a Brazilian artist, performer, photographer, and director. Since 1999, he has been collaborating with Melissa Dullius, making movies on 8 mm and 16 mm film. After moving from Brazil to Berlin in 2006, they founded Distruktur together, which works at the intersection of various artistic fields, including film, music, graphic art, and photography. In 2010, they appeared in Tiago Mata Machado's avant-garde film Os Residentes (11th New Horizons). Their joint projects have been screened at numerous international festivals (Berlinale, International Film Festival in Moscow), as well as in galleries (New Museum in New York, Paço das Artes in São Paulo). Their work combines surreal imagination and themes of travel and identity.

Filmography:

2006 Éternau (short)

2009 Triangulum (short co-dir.)

2010 Cat Effect (short, co-dir.)

2013 In the Traveler's Heart (short, co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn
screenplay Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn
cinematography Ville Piippo
editing Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn
cast Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, Gustavo Beck, Kana Chiaki, Aqico Coco, Friederike Frerichs
producer Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, Gustavo Beck, Luca Borkowsky
production Distruktur
sales Distruktur
language German, Portuguese
colouration colour