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The Dead and the Others

João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos
Brazil, Portugal 2018 / 119’
The Bed The Load

An award winner in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, this film essay by directors João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora takes us on a journey into the north Brazilian jungle to the home of the Krahô Indians. The result of many months spent there is the poetic The Dead and the Others, a film that flows easily between fiction and documentary, telling the story of a rejected calling and the temptations and disappointments brought about by Western civilization. The film's main character is 15-year-old Ihjãc, who hears the voice of his dead father summoning him to a waterfall to demand that a ceremony be held that will allow his spirit to leave this world. After this, the boy, who is already a father himself, grows weak and has extraordinary dreams. This is another sign that his calling is to become a shaman. The young Krahô tries to escape his destiny by running away to the city settled by white men. Torn between two worlds, two cultures and two value systems, the boy is something of a spirit drifting between two dreams.

Małgorzata Sadowska


Cannes IFF 2018 - Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

João Salaviza

Born in 1984, João Salaviza is a Portuguese director and actor. He studied Film Studies in Lisbon and Buenos Aires. His short film Arena won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2009, and three years later, his short film Rafa left Berlin with the Golden Bear. He worked as an assistant editorManoel de Oliveira's Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl. His full-length debut, Montanha (2015), premiered during Venice Critics' Week. His House at Comporta was presented as part of the Portuguese pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2010.


2015 Montanha / Mountain

2018 Umarły i inni / Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos / The Dead and the Others

Renée Nader Messora

Born in 1979, Renée Nader Messora is a Brazilian cinematographer, writer and activist. She studied Cinematography at the University of Buenos Aires. She spent several years working as an assistant on film sets in Argentina, Brazil and Portugal. Since 2009, she has been involved in activities to help the Krahô Indians, with whom she created a film group.


2018 Umarły i inni / Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos / The Dead and The Others

Cast & Crew

director João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
screenplay João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
cinematography Renée Nader Messora
editing João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman
cast Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô
producer João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Ricardo Alves Jr., Thiago Macêdo Correia
production Entrefilmes, Karo Filmes, Material Bruto
sales Luxbox
language Krahô
colouration colour & b&w