Friday, March 23, 2007


in VARIETY March, 21 2007

Mexico City Film Festival
Body Rice
An Atalanta Filmes release (in Portugal) of a Paolo Branco presentation of a Clap Filmes production. (International sales: Madragoa Filmes, Lisbon.) Produced by Paolo Branco. Directed, written by Hugo Vieira da Silva. With: Sylta Fee Wegmann, Alice Dwyer, Julika Jenkins, Andre Hennicke, Pedro Hestnes, Luis Guerra, Luis Soveral.(German, Portuguese dialogue) Portuguese filmmaker Hugo Vieira da Silva makes a bold transition from doc shorts to "Body Rice," a debut feature that skirts the edges of narrative and palpably conveys the drift and anomie of young Germans sent to an "alternative" community in southern Portugal. Local January opening spawned a public debate over the pic, and wide fest embrace (including prizes in Locarno and Mexico City) will lead to further notoriety and possible arthouse distrib buys.
Vieira da Silva smoothly joins the esteemed company of other young Iberoamerican helmers like Lisandro Alonso ("Los Muertos"), Albert Serra ("Honor de Cavalleria") and Paz Encina ("Paraguayan Hammock"), interested more in image and sound than psychology and dramatics.
Cast of pro German and Portuguese thesps is asked to work largely without words -- the nearly two-hour film contains less than 10 minutes of spoken dialogue, much of that in brief fragments -- and let their bodies do the talking. But the intensely observant manner in which the final results are put onscreen commands similarly intense involvement from viewers primed for a kind of "silent" cinema with sound.
Pre-credits passage set during the first Gulf War in what may be a Lisbon hotel shows Julia (Alice Dwyer), looking every bit the "bad girl," observing the routines of housekeepers. Credits section is yet another isolated chunk of action, this time in grainy black-and-white, showing wild Berlin youth before the Wall fell. (Vieira da Silva culled footage from Christoph Doering's experimental 1979 feature, "3302.") By the time dissolute teen Katrin (Sylta Fee Wegmann) arrives in the lonely Alentejo area south of Lisbon, a pattern of youth in search of meaning -- or perhaps tired of the search -- has been established.
Characters are never identified on camera, but focus on Katrin's every move places her in the foreground of Vieira da Silva's compositions and beautifully choreographed moving shots, with Julia -- already well ensconced in the strange German-run community -- as her pal.
Initially devised as a doc, "Body Rice" is based on considerable research and firsthand observation of similar experimental camps designed to push wayward German youth toward more responsible behavior. But with Katrin as aud's eyes and ears, it's clear that this group living arrangement has become something closer to a long vacation from reality, punctuated by all-day, all-night raves set to techno music.
Pic enforces firm suspension of judgment toward the lifestyles onscreen and absolute denial of the psychological or social purposes underlying the place itself. Rather, pic develops as the characters watch and/or rub up against one another -- whether it's Katrin getting to know ne'er-do-well teen Pedro (Luis Guerra) or middle-aged epileptic Joaquim (Pedro Hestnes) showing her some empathy and suggesting he may want more. Even a shot that could have been just a conventionally pretty moment -- Julia watching a nude Katrin wade the local lake -- here explodes with unstated sexual tension.
Pic easily alternates between passages of pure play (kids gleefully playing in a paradise of their own making, Katrin enjoying a dancing robot)and absolute gravity (Dieter beating his dog, a drowned unidentified person being retrieved from the lake). Appropriately, if frustratingly for some auds, nothing is resolved for members of a generation sated with the "doom-and-void" music of Joy Division, X-Mal Deutschland and Einsturzende Neubauten, which fills the soundtrack with rare sonic power.
Highly disciplined perfs belie the characters' generally fatigued air, with actors operating not unlike Robert Bresson's actor "models." Vieira da Silva finds striking collaborators for his total-cinema effect in lenser Paulo Ares, editor Paulo MilHomens and the sound team of Pedro Melo, Gerard Rousseau and Elsa Ferreira.
Camera (Lightfilm/Tobis Portuguese color), Paulo Ares; editor, Paulo MilHomens; music, Joey Beltram, X-Mal Deutschland, Einsturzende Neubauten, Joy Division, Hilliard Ensemble; costume designer, Maria Gambina; hair/makeup, Eva Graca; sound (Dolby Digital), Pedro Melo, Gerard Rousseau, Elsa Ferreira; supervising sound editor, Ferreira, Goncalo Brum; assistant director, Natali Rajak; casting, Silke Marquardt-Koch (Germany), Rita Pinto Leite (Portugal). Reviewed at Mexico City Film Festival, Feb. 26, 2007. (Also in Locarno, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires film festivals.) Running time: 118 MIN.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Photo call at Las Palmas Film festival

Hugo Vieira da Silva explora la comunicación entre un grupo de adolescentes en desarraigo
Hugo Vieira Da Silva (Oporto, 1974) dijo esta mañana que su película Body Rice habla sobre las ausencias y la comunicación más allá de las palabras. La cinta se presenta a competición en la Sección Oficial del 8º Festival Internacional de Cine con una propuesta que huye de la narrativa lineal y construye la historia con diferentes lenguajes artísticos, desde el arte instalación al performance.Body Rice es la historia de Katrin, una joven alemana con problemas de adaptación social que es enviada a participar en un programa de reeducación en Alentejo (Portugal), una región que el director de la película definió como un territorio “blanco” donde es posible “escribir y vivir otras experiencias, sin fronteras sociales”. La joven no logra establecer allí ninguna relación con el entorno, severo y vacío socialmente pero traba amistad con Juli y Pedro con quienes “deambula en el fin del mundo europeo”, dijo Da Silva.La cinta nació de un proyecto de documental sobre las diferentes experiencias alternativas que se estaban desarrollando en esta región portuguesa. Los protagonistas de la cinta “cambian de vida por la ausencia” dijo Da Silva. Les obligan a romper con sus referencias culturales y necesitan comunicarse y “no son necesarias las palabras, no te sirven en ese contexto”.

Friday, March 09, 2007

MÉXICO CITY- Palmarés oficial

Monday, March 05, 2007

BODY RICE oficial competition at Las Palmas film fest

The Las Palmas 2007 oficial competition line up
(16-24 March 2007)

-FireworksWednesday, Asghar Farhadi, Irán, 2006

-Syndromes and a Century, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tailandia / Francia / Austria, 2006

-Luxury Car, Wang Chao, China, 2006

-Body Rice, Hugo Vieira da Silva, Portugal, 2006

-The Paper Will be Blue, Radu Muntaneau, Rumania, 2006

-Tomorrow Morning, Oleg Novkovic , Serbia y Montenegro, 2006

-To Get to Heaven First you Have to Die Djamshed Usmonov, France / Germany, 2006

-Love Conquers All , Tang Chui Mui, Holanda /Malasia, 2006

-L' Héritage, Gela Babluani, Temur Babluani, Francia / Georgia, 2006

-WWW, What a Wonderful World, Faouzi Bensaidi, Marruecos, 2006

-Uno de los dos no puede estar equivocado, Pablo Llorca, España, 2007

-Madrigal l, Fernando Pérez, España, 2007

-Woman on the Beach, Hong Sang Soo, Corea del Sur, 2006

-Half Nelson, Ryan Fleck, Estados Unidos, 2006

-La Caja, Juan Carlos Falcón, España 2006

-The Unpolished, Pia Marais, Alemania, 2007



BODY RICE in oficial competition at the FICCO 2007- International Mexico City film festival was awarded with the prize BEST FICTION DIRECTOR 2007


BODY RICE em competição oficial no FICCO foi ontem premiado


Mejor Película de Ficción: 12:08 East of Bucahrest de Corneliu Porumboiu
(Best fiction film)

Mejor Director: Hugo Vieira Da Silva, "Body Rice"

(Best fiction director)

Opera Prima: "Familia Tortuga" de Rubén Imaz Castro

(Best first film)

Película Latinoamericana: "Hamaca Paraguaya" de Paz Encina

(Best Latin American film)

Premio FIPRESCI Mejor Pelicula Mexicana: "Ser Isla", Eun-Hee Ihm

Juri da competição oficial:

Geraldine Chaplin
Jim Stark (produtor de Jim Jarmusch)
Mary Swiney (argumentista de David Lynch)
Diana Sanchez (programadora do Toronto Film festival)
Javier Porta Fouz (programador do Buenos Aires Film Festival)

Thursday, March 01, 2007


HONG-KONG announced line up

BODY RICE in competition (global visions) at the 31 HONG-KONG FILM FESTIVAL 2007



BODY RICE was yesterday selected for the OFICIAL SECTION-COMPETITION


the festival will take place 3-15th of April