Sonia Braga in Aquarius (2016 ) Rialto
Sonia Braga in Aquarius (2016 ) Rialto
Aquarius (2016 ) Rialto

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Kleber Mendonça Filho | Brazil | 2016 | R18+

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Gentrification in Brazil’s coastal oasis of Recife becomes the catalyst for a journey of rediscovery in the award-winning film starring Sonia Braga.

A sensuous memory piece about the meanings we invest in places, objects and music, and a lovingly tailored vehicle for the ever-luminous Sonia Braga.


Retired music critic Clara (the magnificent Sonia Braga) is the only remaining resident of the Aquarius, one of the last 1940s-built apartment buildings in a rapidly changing neighbourhood in the exclusive seaside district of Recife. Despite the other apartments having been sold to a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, the independent-minded Clara holds out, adamant that she will not be bullied into selling the beachside home that has been a silent witness to her long and deeply lived life.

Curator's Note

Acclaimed Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s follow up to Neighbouring Sounds (2012) – which likewise set a personal drama against a backdrop of urban living spaces in flux – screened in Official Competition at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, taking out the festival’s top prize that year. Brazil’s contemporary class and economic tensions – and the increasingly urgent issue of the nature of gentrification in densely populated cities the world over – serve as a context for a personal reckoning for the character of Clara. Adamant she will not cave in to pressure tactics, Clara mines untapped reserves of strength that put her on a collision course with the developers, but which also reanimate a powerful connection to her past and identity.

– Roberta Ciabarra; Curator, Film

Format: DCP
Language: In Portuguese with English Subtitles
Source: Rialto Distribution
Courtesy: Rialto Distribution
Duration: 142 min


142 mins



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