Elogio da Graça

Joel Pizzini
Brazil, 25 min

This film tells the story of Maria Graça and the Swedish director Arne Sucksdorff, how they met and their life together in the Mato Grosso. Letting this woman speak freely as she pays tribute to her partner and his struggle to conserve the Brazilian rainforest, and drawing on the filmmaker’s archives, Joel Pizzini paints a portrait both private and politically committed.

This film tells the story of Maria Graça and the Swedish director Arne Sucksdorff, how they met to make a “photo-book” and their subsequent life together in the Mato Grosso. “Elogio da Graça was born of a meeting with Maria Graça in 2011, twenty years after our first interview in Cuaiaba, when the couple were struggling to prevent the destruction of the rain forest. Since the death of her partner, she has concentrated on cataloguing audiovisual material shot over a period of thirty years” (JP).

Maria Graça, Sucksdorff’s former muse, pays tribute to him in a confession mixing nostalgia and an insistence on their role as precursors of the green movement.  Joel Pizzini – a filmmaker committed to defending the indigenous peoples of Amazonia – draws on the “Sucksdorff archives” and films Maria Graça in the unspoilt Brazilian environment. Like an uninterrupted conversation, an intimate relationship is established between past and present, ending with a touching sequence in which she reads a poem Sucksdorff wrote for her.

Carlo Chatrian

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Duration
25 min
Year
2011
Country
Brazil
Section
Compétition Internationale Courts Métrages
Language
Portuguese
Subtitle
English
Production
Fernanda Rocha Miranda

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