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Not by Chance

Phillipe Barcinski
Não por acaso
Brasil 2007 / 90’

Not by Chance is the story of two control-obsessed characters: Ênio and Pedro. Both Ênio's ex-wife and Pedro's wife die in a car accident, which throws them into a jagged world. Eventually, the two men must decide between their own obsessions and the new opportunities life has given them.

Los Angeles Latino IFF 2007


Ênio and Pedro, two strangers who have always tried to control the uncontrollable, are about to find that an unpredictable world can rob them of something precious-then repay them with something else. In this drama of love and loss, Barcinski films São Paulo, its own character in the story, with the intimacy of a lover-showing its built-up streets in sweeping overhead shots during the clean, crisp daylight, then returning after dark to show its city lights in wooly soft focus.

Chicago IFF 2007

Philippe Barcinski was born 1973, made short films intially. His works, including Palindrome and The Open Window were screened at international festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Gramado, Brasília. Barcinski also directed TV series made for Rede Globo (City of Men) and ARTE (Dance, Dance, Dance).


1996 A Escada

1997 A Grade

1999 O Postal Branco / The White Postcard (kr.m. / short)

2001 Palíndromo / Palindrome

2002 A Janela Aberta / The Open Window (kr.m. / short)

2003-2004 Cidade dos Homens / City of Men (serial TV / TV series)

2007 Não Por Acaso / Not by Chance

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