Neighbouring Sounds

O Som ao Redor
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Brasil, Netherlands, Drama, 2012, 124 min, portuguese with english and lithuanian subtitles, T
Life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men, led by Clodoaldo (Irandhir Santos) brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia, married and mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbour’s dog that gives her sleepless nights. Kleber Mendonça Filho‘s debut ficton feature “Neighbouring Sounds” is a slice of ‘Braziliana’, a reflection on history, violence and noise. It is a contemporary urban tale, acclaimed for its excellent acting across the whole cast, cinematography and sound design conveying the mood of brazilian suburbs.
2012 – FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands).
2012 – New Talent Grand PIX Prize at the CPH PIX International Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark).
2012 – Best Film Award at the Educons Hungry Days section at the Cinema City International Film Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia).
2012 – FIPRESCI Prize at the New Horizons Film Festval (Wrocław, Poland).
About the director:
Filmmaker, festival organiser, critic and producer Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in 1968 in Recife, Brazil. He graduated in journalism and has worked extensively as a film critic and also as a film programmer in Joaquim Nabuco Cinema Foundation (Cinema da Fundação Joaquim Nabuco) in Recife. In the 90s, he made documentaries, experimental films and fiction as a videomaker. Over the last decade, his short films “The Little Cotton Girl” (A Menina do Algodão, 2003), “Green Vinyl” (Vinil Verde, 2004), “Eletrodoméstica” (2005), “Friday Night Saturday Morning” (Noite de Sexta Manhã de Sábado, 2006) and ”Cold Tropics” (Recife Frio, 2009) have won over 100 awards in Brazil and abroad, with selections in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic), Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina), Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands), Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France) and Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes International Film Festival (France) among others. His first feature, the documentary “Critic” (Crítico, 2008), focused on the troubled relationship between filmmakers and critics through a personal series of interviews. “Neighbouring Sounds” is his first eagerly awaited fiction feature.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Dir. of Photography: Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu

Music: DJ Dolores

Cast: Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn, Maeve Jinkings, W. J. Solha, Irma Brown