Portugal, Brazil | 2023 | 124 min

Shot over 15 months in several villages in the Krahô territory, Central Brazil, The Buriti Flower is the result of years of working with the communities explored in the film by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora. Proximity, shared creation, and militancy are the basis of a collective narrative that goes over 80 years of indigenous resistance against the threats of cupé (the colonizers). In this story, past and present are connected by a fight that returns cyclically – temporal planes overlap, memory and resistance become declinations of the same gesture which opens to the future. With an ‘amphibious’ film language that operates comfortably both on the ground of contemporary reality and in evoking ever-present memory, between births and memories of massacres tension builds up to depict a fight that is handed down from generation to generation, resisting against a violence that has taken thousands of different shapes and defending a land and the possibility of a future. (m.m.)

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 10 Nov 2023
  • Time: 10:45


Cinema La Compagnia
Cinema La Compagnia - Via Camillo Cavour, 50/R, 50121 Florence
Crowrã João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora


Crowrã João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora

João Salaviza has won several awards for his short films, including the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Golden Bear for Short Films at the Berlinale. In 2023, he returned to Cannes to premiere his latest film, The Buriti Flower, which he co-directed with Renée Nader Messora. Renée Nader Messora is a cinematographer and filmmaker. In 2018, she co-directed her first feature film, The Dead And The Others (2018), with João Salaviza, which received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Her second feature film, The Buriti Flower, was also co-directed with Salaviza and shot over fifteen months in the Krahô Indigenous Land.

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