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The Rat Herb

Júlio Bressane
A Erva do Rato
Brasil 2008 / 80’

A calm sunny day.Waves are rhythmically rolling on the sea. A man and woman come to a cemetery close to the seashore. She stumbles and falls and he hurries to help her. And there is no way back: in the stifling atmosphere of his house, they are doomed to each other day and night. He becomes her teacher, her poisoner and photographer of her secrets and the woman, stupefied with a herb extract - becomes his obsession.

The surreal space shown by beautiful painting-like cinematography by Walter Carvalho is filled with unexpected lessons in eroticism, animal passion and fanatical hatred. Júlio Bressane, creator of A Love Movie (Filme de Amor) was inspired by two short stories by Machado de Assis (Um Esqueleto and A Causa Secreta) and created a world filled with sultry atmosphere and sexual tension, exploring the borderlines of sanity. The film had its world premiere at last year's festival in Venice.

Agata Bratek

Júlio Bressane

Born in 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, he started his film career as assistant director to Walter Lima Jr. on the film Meninho de Engenho. He made his first full-length feature, Cara a cara in 1967. Bressane's films are among the most exemplary of Brazilian experimental films, concentrating especially on the relationship between picture and soundtrack. A showing of his films has also given him renown at international festivals, such as Porto, Rotterdam, Syracuse, Paris and Toulouse.

Selected filmography:

1967 Cara a Cara / Face to Face

1969 Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema / Killed the Family and Went to the Movies

1969 O Anjo Nasceu / The Angel Was Born

1971 Amor Luoco / Crazy Love

1978 Agonia

1982 Tabu

1995 O Mandarim / The Mandarin

1997 Miramar

2001 Dias de Nietzsche Em Turim / Days of Nietzsche in Turin

2003 Filme de Amor / A Love Movie

2008 O Erva do Rato / The Herb of the Rat

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