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Courtesy of Figa Films

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Gustavo Pizzi

2010, Portuguese with English subtitles

Brazil

Color

85 minutes

Showtimes

LATIN WAVE 9

Riscado ("Craft")

Filmmaker Gustavo Pizzi in attendance

With the expressiveness of a golden-age Hollywood star, Karine Teles gives a tour-de-force performance as a talented actress who struggles through life with small, humiliating jobs to make ends meet, until she gets what may be her big break. Director Gustavo Pizzi, who co-wrote the script with Teles (his real-life wife), says that Craft is a film about “searching for the sky that is melting outside while we are sweeping the floor.” Pizzi portrays the cruelty of the competitive world in which we live, and heightens the drama not by resorting to melodrama or exaggerated scenarios, but by picking the perfect protagonist: an actress. Acting from deep within, Teles beautifully portrays the life of someone who must contain her constant fear of time’s passing, her insecurity that a mastery of her own craft may not be enough, and the gnawing feeling that each day of auditions and casting calls becomes another day lost in the struggle for success.

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Gustavo Pizzi has been producing, writing, directing, and editing for ten years. He studied cinema at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFF) and has worked with acclaimed directors Karim Ainouz, Bia Lessa, and Jonathan Nossiter. In 2006 he made his first feature documentary, Simple Past, which premiered at the São Paolo International Film Festival and was released in Brazilian theaters in 2008. Craft is Pizzi’s directorial debut.

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