Matiné Mines for ‘Gold’ in Rotterdam with Brazil’s Madiano Marcheti

Luis Campos’ Portuguese studio Matiné has applied for “Mother of Gold”, the second film by Brazilian director Madiano Marcheti, selected for Rotterdam Film Festival‘S CineMart co-production market.

Set in a rural town in a remote corner of the Amazon rainforest, the film tells the story of a troubled woman trying to overcome her past and reconnect with her scabies son. his cold, who was kicked out of the house when his father disapproved of his sexuality. .

After a group of explorers infiltrate a neighboring hillside in search of gold, the woman begins to have mysterious dreams. As her vision increased, she gradually realized that the hill itself seemed to be calling her.

Talking to Diversity Prior to CineMart, Marcheti described “Mother of Gold” as a deeply personal film inspired by his difficult family debut, as well as his connection to a The area changed dramatically during his lifetime.

“It ties in a lot with my childhood memories and my relationship with that place growing up,” he said. “My memories of walking through the woods, visiting rivers with my brothers and sisters, our relationship with nature, and how this has changed over the years with the advancement of so-called development in the form of agribusiness, illegal gold mining, and the like.”

Marcheti’s feature film debut “Madalena,” bows during last year’s Rotterdam Tiger Competition, centers around the death of a transgender woman in a rural community. The director said he saw a smooth line connecting the two films.

“Both “Madalena” and “Mother of Gold” express my desire to reflect on our relationship with nature and raise questions around this hierarchy between humans and non-humans. ,” I said. “My wish is to showcase what the area was and is now, and reflect on what we have lost, or are in the process of losing, and how we can reimagine the relationship. our relationship with this space in the way we can [preserve it] for the future.”

“Mother of Gold” was produced by Daniel Pech for Multiverso Produções and co-produced by Terceira Margem and Campos’ Matiné. Vitrine Filmes has also joined as the film’s Brazilian distributor.

“When I read ‘Golden Mother’, I confirmed my impression that [Marcheti] I’m an emerging filmmaker with my own language and strong voice, and as a producer my focus is on filmmakers of my generation who are either on their first film or their second,” says Pech.

The São Paulo-based manufacturer notes that the Marcheti comes from “one of the most conservative and anaerobic regions of our country, where financial interests and environmental concerns often clash.”

He continued: “This region has played an important role in Brazil’s recent shift to the far right, but at the same time, it is the region with the least representation in Brazilian films. We don’t have many filmmakers who understand this part of our country. Madiano is the right person to tell this story. Not only because he understands these issues very well, but also because of his sensitivity of vision and artistic talent. ”

Campos, who described “Mother of Gold” as “an exquisite gold-mining thriller,” has closely followed the film’s progress since serving on the jury that gave the film the main award. in the Brazilian co-production market CineMundi in 2020.

“When Daniel Pech from Multiverso joined as lead producer, with whom I’ve shared past creative collaborations, I knew all the seasons were a good fit to capture this journey as is a co-producer and goes to great lengths to help fulfill Madiano’s distinctive creative voice,” said Campos. “Matiné was recently launched to cultivate curated international talent, and Madiano clearly fits the core nature of the company.”

With the second draft of the script completed, Marcheti said “Mother of Gold” unfolds “like a twisted allegory, inspired by a Brazilian myth that made the series so famous.” movie.” Much of his early work takes on supernatural themes, the director will incorporate elements of magical realism to reflect what he considers the surreal state of his country today. .

“In Brazil, we are living in an extremely polarizing time, in which a significant portion of society is informed by fake news, as if there were a parallel reality,” he said. “While I was filming ‘Madalena’ [during Brazil’s 2018 elections], I began to observe this state of mind and this social craze, and I thought of discovering this magical and poetic atmosphere. Because I want to shoot things that seem supernatural, but that are actually happening in a very specific reality.

“Practical speaking, what I wanted to do in this film from an aesthetic point of view is blur the line between reality and dream in these single sequences,” he continued. “I wanted the audience to feel like they were immersed in a dream.”

The Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart co-production market takes place online from January 30 to February 2. Matiné Mines for ‘Gold’ in Rotterdam with Brazil’s Madiano Marcheti

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