Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo)—distracted by sexual jealousy to the point of transfixion—lives in a rural Brazilian factory town where the same cast of characters circle one another at work, in the market, by the company pool, and out in the forests, where male blue-collar laborers meet for sex, real and imagined.
In Daniel Nolasco’s DRY WIND / VENTO SECO—an unrestrained erotic thriller of the school of João PedroRodrigues, Julián Hernández, Yann Gonzalez, and Nicolas Winding Refn—the viewer is swept into Sandro’s neon-lit fantasies and dreams as he attempts to supplant a growing sense of alienation and nihilism with the corporeal form of co-worker Maicon (Rafael Theophilo).
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Last November, local audiences caught a single screening of João Pedro Rodrigues’ O ORNITÓLOGO at the AFI festival, and now it’s back for a full-week run at the Nuart.
“O ORNITÓLOGO is consistently unsettling, but it also simultaneously allows us to enter a meditative zone, savoring the stately grandeur of the images as well as the startling competency of Fernando, a fetishized stud from the Jason Statham Institute of Abs and Buttocks who weathers danger with comic unflappability.
“Rodrigues is a rapt and daring formalist, who stages suspense-film set pieces as if they’re moments from an observational documentary, grounding heightened tropes in a convincing faux-reality. He also has a perversely unruly streak that gradually comes to OORNITÓLOGO’s fore. The first hour suggests the film that might have resulted if Tarkovsky had directed a 1970s Australian thriller, but Rodrigues is ultimately after different aesthetic game.” — ChuckBowen
Rodrigues dubs Hamy’s voice throughout the film—a doubling that, by the end of the film, takes corporeal form.
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From top: Paul Hamy in O Ornitólogo (2016); Hamy (left) and Xelo Cagiao (2). Image credit: Strand Releasing.