São Paulo International Film Festival 2023
Visions Du Réel, 2023
Synopsis: Samuel lives in Ponta Negra, a small town on the coast of Paraty, Brazil. At first, the idyllic daily life following the rhythm of nature and the development of the boy's identity set the tone of the film. We follow the boy and his family for six years. Little by little, a more complex reality and its contradictions emerge, between modernity and tradition, nature and technology, drawing a portrait of contemporary Brazil. The arrival of electricity and tourism to the town crystallizes the deconstruction of an idealized paradise.
Directors Bio: Vinícius Girnys is a 34-year-old film director. His short films have been screened at various international festivals. "Samuel and the light" is his first feature film, completed in March 2023. It premiered in April at Visions du Réel (Nyon), in May at Hot Docs (Toronto) and in June at FICG (Guadalajara), all in official competition. At FICG "Samuel and the light" received the FEISAL Award for Best Film and the Best Ibero-American Documentary Feature Award, an Academy Awards Oscars 2024 qualifier price.
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