PACIFIED

BRAZIL I 2019 I COLOR I 120 MIN. I PORTUGUÉS

REVIEW —

 

Paxton Winters, who trained as a reporter and photographer, made his second film, Pacified, (2019) after living for eight years in Morro dos Prazeres, a favela located in the south of the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro (interestingly also the set for José Padilha´s Elite Squad (2007), Pacified (whose title refers to the operation of the Brazilian government to remove drug traffickers from the streets during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games) is a fiction that considers the ambivalent feelings of Tati, a 13-year-old girl who speculates that a favela leader newly released from prison, might be her father. The film, which won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival this year, is an in-depth portrait of the monumental favela, whose verticality is filmed through panoramic shots with the help of a drone. The issues represented in the film are contemporary, narrating  personal development in violent environments.

Review by:   Carlos Rodríguez

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DIRECTOR —

Paxton Winters | Texas | United States, 1972

American writer, director and photoreporter, Paxton Winters is known for the movie Crude (2003), filmed in Turkey. He also directed the television series Alacakaranlik (2003). Pacificado, a film for which he won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival, has the participation of members of the Morro dos Prazeres community, a favela in Rio de Janeiro, where he lived for eight years.

Screenplay: Paxton Winters, Wellington Magalhães, Joseph Carter
Producer: Paula Linhares, Marcos Tellechea, Darren Aronofsky, Lisa Muskat, Paxton Winters
Production Company: Reagent Media
Cinematography: Laura Merians
Edition: Aylin Tinel
Music: Beto Villares
Sound: Miriam Biderman, Coll Anderson
Cast: Bukassa Kabengele, Cassia Nascimento, Débora Nascimento, José Loreto