A teenager is drawn into the past life of his neighbour in this delicate, poetic work from Brazilian filmmakers João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa.

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Dir-Scr Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans
Prod Vitor Graize, Thiago Macêdo Correia
With Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Glaucia Vandeveld
Prod Co Katásia Films

The poetics of the everyday are given a new slant in this tender, intelligent film from Brazilian filmmakers João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa. When the teenage André is called to the home of his neighbour Cristiano, he stumbles on a notebook that details an extraordinary life journey. And with this discovery comes a shift in tone, as Araby moves from the social realist world of André and his family to Cristiano’s nomadic life – securing work where he can across different towns and cities. Araby is in many ways a road movie, but one marked by a fascination with storytelling – what it means to attempt to narrate both a life and the conditions in which it is lived. With a country-infused score, nods to James Joyce and Robert Bresson, this is an unpredictable, singular film about creativity and the possibilities it allows for making sense of the world.

Maria Delgado

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Affonso Uchoa, Director

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