Director: Rèmi De Gaalon, Jonathan Le Fourn
Original title: Sauvagerie
Country: France
Year of release: 2017
Runtime: 95 minutes
Colour: Colour
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English, French
Projection format: HD

Producer: Claire Trinquet, Thomas Jaeger
Editing: Alexandra Mélot, Nicolas Sburlati
Sound: Gil Savoy

Just forty years ago, the Brazilian state of Pará was covered by rainforest. Today, it is an area where the wilderness comes into harsh conflict with the savagery of the urban population. Using several segments, a team of two French documentarians compose an especially brutal poetical mythology of a place where poachers hunt snakes that are many meters long, crowds of people look on during police murder investigations, and a mother must apologize because her adolescent rapper son insulted the local police. Using a handheld camera, the filmmakers take spontaneous shots, sensitive to both the genius loci and the unaffected interviews with local inhabitants.

"We went to Pará, Brazil, at the pursuit of some sort of vision of savagery. Crossing tales, ecological themes and fantastic apparitions, we try to undo this arbitrary separation between the fascination with nature and the fear of violence." J. Le Fourn


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