Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos

Renée Nader Messora

Brazilian filmmaker, graduated in Cinematography at the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires. Most of her work was as an assistant director. Her feature film “A Chuva é Cantoria na Terra dos Mortos” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film was made together with her husband João Salaviza, and portrays the struggle of the Krahô people, an indigenous community in Brazil, against the destruction of their traditions, due to the lack of policies to protect indigenous lands.

João Salaviza

Born in Lisbon in 1984. He studied cinema at the Superior School of Theater and Cinema in Lisbon and completed his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first short film, “Duas Pessoa” (2005), was selected for several festivals and received the Take One prize in Vila do Conde. In 2009, with “Arena”, he won the Palme d'Or for best short film at the Festival de Cinema de Cannes and the award for best Portuguese short film at IndieLisboa. He has since participated in several international festivals such as Tribeca, Rotterdam, London and Pusan. In 2010 he made “Hotel Müller”” (based on the work of Pina Bausch) and “Casa na Comporta” for the Portuguese participation in the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale. The short film "Cerro Negro" was made for the Next Future Program of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and in 2012 he completed "Rafa", which earned him the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale. João Salaviza's first feature film, " Montanha" premiered at the Week of Criticism of the Venice Film Festival in 2015 and followed an intense festival life. It won the Best Cinematography Award at the Manaki Brothers International Film Festival. Salaviza's latest work, the short film "Altas Cidades de Ossadas" premiered at the Berlinale in 2017. João Salaviza's second feature film was made together with his wife, Reneé Nader Messoura. "A Chuva é Cantoria na Terra dos Mortos" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, having won the Special Prize from the Jury. It premiered in Portugal on March 14, 2019, and has gone through numerous festivals winning several awards. Filmed in Brazil, it is the result of two years of life and family contact with the Krahô, indigenous people of Brazil, in one of their villages in the state of Tocantins, an arid land almost a thousand kilometers from Brasília.

Tonight, the spirits and snakes have not yet appeared. The forest surrounding the village is calm. Ihjãc, fifteen years old, has had nightmares since he lost his father. He is a Krahô Indian, from Northern Brazil. Ihjãc walks in the dark, his body sweaty. A distant voice echoes from among the palm trees. His father’s voice is calling him, near the waterfall: the time has come to prepare his end of mourning feast so that his spirit can depart for the village of the dead.

Rejecting his duty, and to escape the process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city of Itacajá. Far away from his people and his culture, he will confront the reality of being indigenous in a contemporary Brazil.

Interview — João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora materiais-diversos-download
Direction João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora Executive production Isabella Nader Director of photography Renée Nader Messora Sound Vitor Aratanha Sound design Pablo Lamar Sound mixing Ariel Henrique Editing João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman Translation and research Ana Gabriela Morim De Lima, Ian Packer Production João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Ricardo Alves Jr, Thiago Macêdo Correia Producers Producers Entrefilmes, Karõ Filmes, Material Bruto