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wins the ROGER EBERT award at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival
The Roger Ebert Award is presented annually to an emerging filmmaker whose film presents a fresh and uncompromising vision
The award was presented by Chaz Ebert who explained the motivation of
the jury: " A timely, challenging reflection on isolation and racism
bringing ancestral spirits and allowing them to enter into the present
as last guardians for the sanity of the indigenous people. A daring
debut that pictures a collapsing world as if in a bizzare shamanic
trance with its dream sequences and hallucinogenic visions guiding us
into the deep powerful realm of archetypes and myths."
Memory House is a spiritual and fantastical story encapsulating the social and racial tensions of modern day Brazil. Before Chicago, Memory House
will competed in the New Directors section at the San Sebastian film
festival, after screening in the Discovery section of TIFF. Memory House is the only Latin-American entry of the Cannes Label 2020.
A film by JOÃO PAULO MIRANDA MARIA
93 minutes - Brazil, France Language: Portuguese - German
day Brazil, but lost in time. Cristovam, a native Black man from the
rural North, moves to a Southern town, a strange sort of Austrian
colony, to work in a milk factory. Confronted with xenophobic
conservative people, he feels isolated and estranged from the white
He discovers an abandoned house, filled with objects and memorabilia
reminding him of his origins. He settles in, reconnecting with his
roots. As if this memory house were alive, more objects start to appear.
Slowly, Cristovam begins a metamorphosis.
El Brasil de hoy en día, pero perdido en el tiempo. Cristovam, un nativo
negro del norte rural, se muda a una antigua colonia austriaca del sur
para trabajar en una fábrica de leche. Obligado a lidiar con personas
conservadoras y xenófobas, se siente aislado y alejado del mundo de los
Descubre una casa abandonada, llena de objetos y recuerdos que le evocan
sus orígenes, y se instala en ella volviendo a conectar con sus raíces.
Como si esa casa de recuerdos estuviera viva, comienzan a aparecer más
objetos. Lentamente, Cristovam comienza una metamorfosis.
Watch the trailer now!
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João Paulo Miranda Maria (director and scriptwriter)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR João Paulo Miranda Maria.
Born in 1982 in Porto Feliz (Sao Paulo), inland city of Brazil. He
graduated in Cinema and Master by Unicamp. João is a Teacher at UNIMEP
University and coordinates a film collective called Kino-Olho in the
city of Rio Claro, Sao Paulo. His cinema is inspired by the countryside
reality where he lives.
He was selected in 2015 at the Critics’ Week with the short Command Action and in 2016 in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival with the short The girl who danced with the devil, awarded with the Special Mention of Jury prize. His latest short film, Meninas Formicida was selected on Orizzonti Selection at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.
After participating in Critic’s Week – Next Step LAB, in partnership
with Torino Film LAB, he developed Memory House at the Cinéfondation
residency in Paris last spring. Memory House is his first feature. It is the only Latin-American entry of the Cannes Label 2020.
SOBRE EL DIRECTOR
João Paulo Miranda (Porto Feliz, Brasil. 1982) dirigió en 2015 el cortometraje Command Action,
seleccionado para la Semaine de la Critique del Festival de Cannes, al
que regresó en 2016, esta vez a la competición de cortometrajes, con The Girl Who Danced with the Devil, que recibió una Mención Especial del Jurado. Su último cortometraje, Meninas Formicida (2017), se presentó en la sección Orizzonti del Festival de Venecia. Casa de antiguidades (Memory House),
su primer largometraje, fue seleccionado en Cine en Construcción 37 de
Toulouse, donde recibió el Premio de los Distribuidores y Exhibidores
Europeos, y forma parte de la selección oficial de Cannes 2020, cómo
unica entrada Latino americana, se presentó en el TIFF antes de competir
en la sección New Directors del SSIFF68.
CAST & CREW
Cast: Antonio Pitanga, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Sam Louwyck
Director of photography: Benjamín Echazarreta
Production Design: Isabelle Bittencourt
Editor: Benjamin Mirguet
Sound Director: Léo Bortolin
Original Score: Nicolas Becker
Denise Gomes, Paula Cosenza and Didar Domehri
PRODUCTION Be Bossa Entertainment (Brazil) and Maneki Films (France)
Coproduction: Canal Brasil and Cinema Caipira
WEEK SPONSOR This week's programs presented with the support of Grace K. Stanek.
THIS WEEK AT THE FESTIVAL
Music & History Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Program How do the legacies of artists influence our understanding of their work? Alex Ross on Wagnerism
The composer Richard Wagner is both revered for his visionary operas and reviled for his anti-semitic writings. In Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, Alex Ross details the composer's wide-ranging influence across 150 years of art and culture. The New Yorker music critic and author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise traces
the impact that art can have in the world, and explores the thorny
question: How do we grapple today with an artist with such a many-sided
and problematic legacy? Ross is joined by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.
Join writer Nathaniel Rich (Losing Earth) and meteorologist Eric Holthaus (The Future Earth)
for a conversation about the past, present, and future of climate
change, bringing differing perspectives to the question: Can we succeed
in saving Earth? This conversation is moderated by urban revitalization
strategist Majora Carter.
Featuring an intimate conversation with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates and the Festival’s Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director, Alison Cuddy. Other highlights include a musical performance by vocalist Natalie Douglas and a literary moment with poet Natasha Trethewey.
Join Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, Just like You) and Ayelet Waldman (The Mommy-Track Mysteries) for a chat about what it means for authors and characters to throw out the old scripts in order to try something new.
David Axelrod and Mike Murphy will join in conversation with Jim Warren (NewsGuard, formerly Chicago Tribune)
to analyze the internal dynamics and general mood heading into the last
week of a tumultuous, unprecedented and often confusing race for the
Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., and Business Affairs and Consumer
Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno this week announced a
retightening of COVID-19 restrictions in response to a recent, rapid
rise in cases and hospitalizations over the past two weeks. Beginning
Friday, October 23rd, a business curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to
6:00 a.m. for all nonessential businesses, and bars without a retail
food license are no longer able to serve customers indoors. All
Chicagoans are being asked to avoid social gatherings of more than six
people and end all social gatherings by 10:00 p.m. These restrictions
and guidelines will be in effect for at least two weeks and are targeted
to help Chicago manage an alarming recent rise in COVID-19 cases and
the past week alone, cases have risen by 50%, to over 682 per day.
While daily testing has increased to over 11,000 tests per day, the
positivity rate has also risen to 6.7%, which means that that the
increase in testing does not fully explain the rise in cases. This is
coinciding with a worrying increase in hospitalizations, which for
non-ICU COVID patients and suspected cases are up 36% since September
22. Under the State of Illinois guidelines, the Chicago region will face
additional mitigation measures, including reduced capacity of all
gatherings and closure of indoor dining, if the positivity rate rises
above 8% for three straight days.
that were deemed essential during the Stay at Home Order, such as
grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, may remain open during the
business curfew hours. Restaurants may continue operating for take-out
or delivery, but indoor or outdoor consumption of food or alcohol must
cease at 10:00 p.m. Additionally, all bars, taverns, or breweries that
do not have a Retail Food Establishment License will no longer be able
to serve customers indoors at any time. All establishments that serve
alcohol for on-site consumption must end alcohol service at 9:00 pm
before closing at 10:00 p.m. under the business curfew. All other
existing restrictions remain in place, including indoor capacity limits
of 40% or 50 people within a room or space.
will enforce these new restrictions on businesses, with citations
leading to fines of up to $10,000 and possible closure in the case of
egregious violations. To date, BACP has issued 50 one-day closure orders
and ordered the long-term closure of four establishments.
CPS Announces Goal to Phase In School-Based Learning
Public Schools (CPS) last week announced that all students will begin
the second quarter of school remotely, with the goal of bringing
students back through a phased approach beginning with the thousands of
students in pre-k and students enrolled in intensive and moderate
cluster classrooms who cannot be served well enough under any form of
remote learning. Based on encouraging outcomes from other schools — in
Chicago and across the country — that have implemented classroom-based
learning, the strength of the district's comprehensive health and safety
plan, and the dire need to provide classroom instruction to our most
vulnerable students, the district is assessing the potential of safely
opening pre-k and cluster classrooms for in-person instruction during
the second quarter. As part of the plan, CPS and CDPH will be closely
monitoring the evolving public health environment and a final decision
on reopening school buildings for pre-k and students enrolled in cluster
programs will be made closer to the start of the second quarter. Learn more at cps.edu.
Recommendations for Voters
You don’t have to choose between your health and voting. As
a voter, you can minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission at polling
locations by using personal prevention practices. This includes wearing a
mask and maintaining at least six feet of distance from people who
don’t live with you. You can also:
possible, apply online to Vote By Mail – and then skip the line and
turn in your signed Ballot Return Envelope at any drop box at any Early
Voting site in the city.
Check voting locations and requirements before going to vote because these may have changed due to COVID-19.
Use in-person early voting, if available.
Vote at off-peak times, such as mid-morning.
If driving to the polls and your schedule allows, monitor the voter line from your car and join it when it is shorter.
Bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol to use before and after voting.
“Arts in the Dark Upside-Down Halloween Parade,” in partnership with
LUMA8 and sponsored by Bloomer Chocolate Company, is a reverse parade in
which the entertainment is stationery and attendees drive by and watch
the visual artists and performers from the safety of their vehicles.
Each year, the parade, which celebrates Chicago’s diverse communities
and cultures, draws close to 100,000 guests, and features artists and
performers from world-renowned institutions including the Art Institute
of Chicago, the Lookingglass Theatre Company, After School Matters and
aspiring artists in every field. A special Halloween goody bag, courtesy
of Blommer Chocolate Company, will await parade-goers at the end. The
parade will take place along Washington Park on October 31 from 12-3pm.
Attendees are encouraged to join the visual experience and dress up
their cars in “Car-stumes”. Admission is free, but reservations are
required. To register visit artsinthedark.com/attend.
Chicago Park District and CPD will also participate in ‘Halloweek’ by
providing candy for socially distanced trick-or-treaters. Starting
October 26, residents can check with their local park for additional
information and locations where candy is available. Trick-or-treating
with CPD will take place at the specific district locations below
between 4:30-7:00 p.m.:
Monday, October 26 - Districts 6, 17, 25
Tuesday, October 27 - Districts 3, 14, 15
Wednesday, October 28 - Districts 8, 9, 12
Thursday, October 29 - Districts 5, 7, 10
Friday, October 30- Districts 2, 4, 11
Saturday, October 31 - All districts
City is offering specific guidance on how to trick-or-treat safely,
including advising that trick-or-treating groups remain limited to six
people or less and that trick-or-treaters stay on the move without
congregating – which means more houses visited and more candy for all!
People passing out candy are asked to try to socially distance while
doing so, perhaps by using a tube or pipe to drop candy into
trick-or-treaters’ bags from a distance. A complete list of Halloween
safety guidelines, which are in line with those issued by the Illinois
Department of Public Health and additional Halloweek events happening
across the city can be found at ChicagoHalloweek.org.
more than ever, everyone needs to do their part to prevent the spread
of respiratory illnesses such as the flu and COVID-19. Getting the
seasonal flu vaccination before the end of October is the best way to
protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. To ensure that every resident can access vaccines regardless of ability to pay and immigration status, CDPH
is hosting more than 50 community flu clinics where residents can get
their flu shot for no out-of-pocket cost. Walk-ins are welcome, but to
prevent waiting, we strongly encourage everyone to make an appointment. CDPH has also relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder,
a web-based app that shows the closest location where the flu shot is
available. For more information about the flu and to see the full list
of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit chicago.gov/flu.
On Thursday, July 2, CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Orderdirecting
travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a
surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the
time of last contact within the identified state. The list will be
updated every Tuesday and go into effect the following Friday at 12:01
As of October 23, travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago: