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Burning Night

Breve Miragem de Sol

Eryk Rocha’s edgy, impressionistic chronicle of the nocturnal encounters of a Rio cab driver vividly captures the strange unpredictability of a rapidly changing world.

Dir Eryk Rocha
Prod Edgard Tenenbaum, Diego Dubcovsky, Eryk Rocha, Walter Salles
Scr Eryk Rocha, Fabio Andrade, Julia Ariani
With Fabricio Boliveira, Bárbara Colen, Cadu N Jay
Brazil-France-Argentina
2019
98min
Sales FiGa Films
With English subtitles

Down on his luck and recently divorced, Paulo (Boliveira) has begun driving a cab around Rio, hoping he’ll make enough to send his ex money to support their ten-year-old son. He mostly works nights, so in addition to his encounters with a colourful variety of customers, colleagues, cops and others, he must cope with loneliness, fatigue and new faces in his life. Rocha’s documentary background ensures a very effective interweaving of fiction and footage shot on the streets, while the camerawork and editing have a hallucinatory quality appropriate to Paulo’s nocturnal existence. A persuasive portrait both of a vibrant, volatile city which embraces a range of different experiences and moods, and of a sometimes strangely unfamiliar world stumbling towards an uncertain future.

Geoff Andrew

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