25.02.2020 - Kleber Mendonça Filho, moderated by Vincenzo Bugno
Kleber Mendonça Filho temporarily sets his jury duties aside to reflect on cinema in Brazil from his multiple vantage points as screenwriter, director, critic and festival organiser. Be it capital and the mechanics of exclusion it ignites among neighbours in a housing block in Aquarius (2016), or the supernatural occurrences that lead a community to redraw its boundaries in the recent Bacurau (2019), life is no easy affair in Filho’s cinema. Yet this uneasiness is far from artificial. Rather, it stems from the political situation and the social inequalities in contemporary Brazil, which he turns inside out in his filmmaking.
Vincenzo Bugno worked as a journalist and film critic; for several years he has been a consultant/curator for film festivals. Since 2002 Vincenzo Bugno has worked at the Berlinale in various capacities, as Selection Committee Member and Festival Delegate. He is the Head of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, founded 2004 with the objective of supporting film production in regions lacking a structurally strong film industry. He is also Curator of the TFL-TorinoFIlmLab.