Retratos Fantasmas

Kleber Mendonça Filho
Brazil | 2023 | 93 min
Swiss Premiere
Language : Portuguese
Subtitles : French, English

Pictures of Ghosts is a journey through time, the architecture of Recife, and the history of cinema. Both a witness and participant, Kleber Mendonça Filho films his way through the alleyways of his home city. He observes the changes to its city life, accelerated by economic difficulties, and celebrates the otherworldly ability of cinema to give us a glimpse into eternity.

Pictures of Ghosts is a voyage through time, the architecture of Recife, and the history of cinema. Taking as its starting point Kleber Mendonça Filho's childhood home in Recife, Brazil, the film unfolds through the narrow streets of his home town. He observes the multiple mutations of its urban character, thwarted by the region's economic difficulties, and the successive layers of a constantly changing history. The filmmaker maps this territory, at once precise and indeterminate, stopping along the way at the iconic cinemas of yesteryear, most of which have now disappeared. He strives to capture its soul and to invoke the spirit of these places through an act of artistic resurrection. Juxtaposing archival footage, extracts from his films and personal video documents, this collage-like montage captures an almost supernatural breath of life in these spaces, underlining the link maintained between cinema and reality, in an interplay that is as symbiotic as it is symbolic. As both a witness to and an actor in this collective narrative, Kleber Mendonça Filho celebrates the sacred capacity of cinema to allow access to eternity through a radical and melancholic artistic gesture.
Bastien Bento
Retratos Fantasmas, 2023
Bacurau, 2018
Aquarius, 2016
Neighboring Sounds, 2012
Recife frio, 2009
Noite de sexta, manhã de sábado, 2006
Eletrodoméstica, 2005
Vinil Verde, 2004
A menina do Algodão, 2002


Pedro Sotero
Ricardo CutzKleber Mendonça Filho
Tomaz Alves Sousa
Emilie LesclauxCinemaScópioSilvia CruzVitrine FilmesFelipe LopesVitrine Filmes
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