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PICTURES OF GHOSTS Trailer: Kleber Mendonça Filho Unpacks His Personal History of Cinema

In the latest from visionary director Kleber Mendonça Filho (Bacurau), cinema and nostalgia are front and center. In Pictures of Ghosts, he journeys to his Brazilian hometown of Recife. There, reflects on his personal cinematic life and explores Brazil’s movie history through archival footage, mysteries, and film clips. The documentary had its world premiere as a special screening at Cannes 2023. It also went on to screen at TIFF and NYFF to additional acclaim from international cinephiles. Grasshopper Film has released the official U.S. trailer for Brazil’s official Oscar submission ahead of its release later this month.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Brazil’s official selection for the 2024 Academy Awards, PICTURES OF GHOSTS, from acclaimed director Kleber Mendonca Filho (BACURAU, AQUARIUS, and NEIGHBORING SOUNDS), is a multidimensional journey through time, sound, architecture and filmmaking, set in the urban landscape of Recife, Brazilian coastal capital of Pernambuco: a historical and human territory, examined through the great movie theatres that served as spaces of conviviality during the 20th century. Having hosted dreams and progress, these places have also embodied a major transformation on social practices. Combining archive documentary, mystery, film clips, and personal memories, PICTURES OF GHOSTS is a map of a city through the lens of cinema.

Pictures of Ghosts arrives in theaters January 26. See the trailer and poster below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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