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Mutum

Sandra Kogut
Brasil 2007 / 95’

Mutum means mute. Mutum is a black bird. And Mutum is also the name of a remote region in the Brazilian mountains, where Thiago and his family live. Thiago, who is ten, is not an ordinary child. Through his eyes, we glimpse the gloomy word of the adults: betrayal, violence, silence. With his brother and only friend Felipe, Thiago must confront this world that he will learn to leave behind.

Cannes IFF 2007


Mutum was filmed in the Sertão, a sparse savannah landscape in Brazil's interior. The Sertão is both a provincial backwater and a dreamlike landscape. Most of the people who appear in the film hail from this area and have never been to the cinema. After a lengthy period of development during which the protagonists and the film crew lived together on a farm, Mutum emerged as a mixture of documentary and feature film. The daily experiences of their life together on the farm flowed into the screenplay, which is based on the novella Campo Geral by João Guimarães Rosa, a novelist whose work has often been compared to that of James Joyce. Rosa, who set much of his writing in this region, regarded the Sertão region as a metaphor for the whole world.

Berlin IFF 2008

Sandra Kogut, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1965, has lived and worked in France and the United States. She began working in the visual arts, with installations and performance art. She made a name for herself internationally in 1990 with Parabolic People, a video project which she made in six cities. Her work, in which she explores the border between documentary and feature film, has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York. Mutum is her first fiction feature.

Filmography:

1988 Paralamas do Sucesso (dok. / doc.)

1993 En Francis (kr.m. / short)

1995 Lá e Cá (kr.m. / short)

1998 Adieu monde ou l'histoire de Pierre et Claire (dok. / doc.)

1999 Lecy e Humberto nos Campos Neutrais - Chuí - Chuy / Viagens Na Fronteira: Lecy e Humberto nos Campos Neutrais - Chuí - Chuy (kr.m. / short)

2001 Un passeport Hongrois / Um Passaporte Húngaro (dok. / doc.)

2007 Mutum

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