Neighbouring Sounds

O som ao redor
dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho
Brazil 2012 / 124’
subtitles: Polish and English

Life in this Brazilian middle-class urban neighborhood seems all in order. A single family owns most of the homes and the tenants act cooperatively in their determination to wall themselves off from the outside world. When a private security company offers its services, it is unclear who should be protected against what. Do the new security guards really guarantee the residents’ security?

This film is exceptionally cohesive. From the opening shots, the director builds a world whose particular components reinforce and supplement each other. The modern impersonal architecture becomes a metaphor for the characters’ emotions – behind the high fences run empty narrow corridors filled by the eponymous ‘neighbouring sounds’. The sounds impact the imagination by seeding fear. The atmosphere of terror intensifies with each shot, making the audience want to disentangle itself from this reality, while the director deftly twists the plot, increases the uncertainty, and progressively enmeshes us in his game.

There is only fear and us.

Prepared by: Joanna Łapińska


Rotterdam IFF 2012 – FIPRESCI Prize, CPH PIX 2012 – New Talent Grand PIX

Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Filho was born in 1968 in Recife (northeastern Brazil) a place he remains associated with. Filho began as a film critic and programmer of an experimental cinema in Recife. He began directing in the 1990s and has produced many award-winning shorts. Neighbouring Sounds,his feature debut, premiered at the 2012 Rotterdam Film Festival.

Selected filmography:

1997 Enjaulado / Caged In (short)

2003 A menina do algodao / The Little Cotton Girl (short)

2004 Vinil verde / Green Vinyl (short)

2005 Eletrodoméstica (short)

2008 Crítico (doc.)

2012 Sąsiedzkie dźwięki / O som ao redor / Neighbouring Sounds

Prepared by: Joanna Łapińska

Cast & Crew

director Kleber Mendonça Filho
screenplay Kleber Mendonça Filho
cinematography Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu
editing Kleber Mendonça Filho, João Maria
music DJ Dolores
sound Pablo Lamar, Kleber Mendonça Filho
cast Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn, Maeve Jinkings, W.J. Solha, Irma Brown, Lula Terra, Yuri Holanda, Clébia Souza, Albert Tenório, Nivaldo Nascimento, Felipe Bandeira, Clara Pinheiro de Oliveira, Sebastião Formiga, Mauricéia Conceição
producer Emilie Lesclaux
production Cinemascópio Produções
sales Cinemascópio Produções
awards Rotterdam IFF 2012 – FIPRESCI Prize, CPH PIX 2012 – New Talent Grand PIX
language Portuguese, English, Mandarin
colouration colour