The Man of the Crowd
With guest director Marcelo Gomes
Directors Gomes and Guimaraes use Edgar Allan Poe’s 1840 short story of the same name as a springboard for an examination of different forms of loneliness and friendship in the Brazilian urban universe.
The film explores the lives of Juvenal and Margo, two people living in a state of complete solitude, each in a different way. Juvenal, a metro driver in the city of Belo Horizonte, refuses to be alone and strolls the streets taking comfort from the anonymous crowd. Meanwhile, Margo, a station controller, seeks relief in a virtual world where she struggles to establish long-lasting relationships with real people.
Jonathan Holland in The Hollywood Reporter comments on the film’s arresting visual style: “Man is shot in a square 3×3 format using color-faded imagery which arrestingly highlights the characters’ claustrophobia, isolation and weariness. Even within that, DP Ivo Lopes Araujo… does a wonderful job of finding confining angles, frames and perspectives which further underscore their loneliness.”
Directors: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes
Screenwriters: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes
Cinematographer: Ivo Lopes Araujo Editors: Lucas Sander, Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes
Music: O Grivo
Cast: Paulo Andre, Sílvia Lourenco, Jean-Claude Bernardet