Sérgio Tréfaut
Paraíso
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Paraíso

Paraíso

Sérgio Tréfaut

2021
85 min.
Portugal and France
Portuguese
Subtitles: Catalan

At sunset, love songs resound in the gardens of Rio de Janeiro. A musical journey to the heart of a human community, a hymn to life in the form of a serenade.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
Sérgio Tréfaut
Sound
João Henrique Costa
Production
Faux, Les Films d’Ici
Editing
Sérgio Tréfaut, Bianca Oliveira, Mário Espada
Cinematography
Léo Bittencourt, Luís Abramo, Camila Freitas, Carlos Baptista
Script
Sérgio Tréfaut
Synopsis

At sunset, love songs resound in the public gardens of the Palácio do Catete, the former official residence of Brazil's president. An improvised orchestra accompanies a group of elderly people aged between 70 and 100 who sing to purify their souls and celebrate together the joy of being alive to the rhythm of a Brazilian serenade. In a frenetic world, marked by the digital divide between generations and social strata, gathering in the square to sing may seem like an unimportant gesture. But it can also become a transformative act. Sérgio Tréfaut's attentive gaze immortalizes a group of elderly people who confront individualism with the power of music.

Awarded Best Music Documentary at Fipadoc 2022.

Screening and talk with the director of the film

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About the direction
Sérgio Tréfaut

Sérgio Tréfaut

Director

Born in Brazil in 1965. After a Master in Philosophy at the Sorbonne University (Paris), he started...

Awards and festivals

É Tudo Verdade
Brazil, 2021
FLIPADOC - Musical documentary Prize
France, 2022
Message to Man IFF
Rusia, 2022
IndieLisboa - International Film Festival
Portugal, 2022
Sérgio Tréfaut
Paraíso
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Reviews

"A documentary that poetically portrays the essence of serestas (...) This tender, thoughtful and curious gaze allows the spectator to naturally dive in these thrilling gatherings of people"

— Teresa Vieira - Cineuropa
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