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Film info: O céu sobre os ombros

Film Information

Original Title O céu sobre os ombros
English Title The Sky Above
Director Sérgio Borges
Year 2010
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 71 min
  • Everlyn Barbin, Edjucu Moio, Murari Krishna, Grace Passô
  • Guión: Manuela Dias, Sérgio Borges
  • Fotografía: Ivo Lopes Araújo
  • Montaje: Ricardo Pretti
  • Producción: Helvécio Marins Jr., Felipe Duarte, Luana Melgaço


A very rare first film by Sérgio Borges that won the last edition of the Brasilia Film Festival, it follows around three unrelated characters and looks like a documentary, although it’s not strictly one –and yet some how it is. We don’t know anything about the project or the protagonists apart from what they decide to show or say. The challenge requires the complicity of the spectator, which is rewarded with an unusual film. Borges watches and interviews three thirty-some guys living in Belo Horizonte, and his camera swings between them with apparently no script at all. One of them is a Hare Krishna who’s a fan of the Atlético Mineiro soccer club and a restaurant cook. Another one is dark-skinned, can’t decide what to do with his life, and grumbles on a literary “career” he doesn’t even care to push forward. The third and more appealing one is Evelyn, a transsexual who’s very aware of herself and can easily switch from working the streets as a prostitute to discussing gender politics before a college audience. All that happens in the presence of a neutral camera we feel is not invading, but containing them.

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