Director: Julia Murat

Brasil, Argentina, France, 2017, drama, 105 minutes, portugese with lithuanian and english subtitles, N-18

Pendular, the newest feature film from Brazilian film director Julia Murat turns its attention to that which is deliberately chosen to be left unsaid in a relationship. Its concept was inspired by Rest Energy (1980), a legendary performance art piece by Marina Abramović and her partner Ulay that explored the boundaries of trust and love in a romantic relationship, and the relationship between Murat and her partner Matias Marani, who is the co-author of Pendular‘s script. A young couple settles down in a large abandoned industrial warehouse. An orange strip, glued to the floor, partitions the area in two equal portions: to the right, his sculpture atelier; to the left, her dance studio. Pendular takes place in this setting, where art, performances and intimacy mingle together; and where the characters slowly lose their capacity of distinguishing between their artistic projects, their past and their romantic relationship. Murat tells a unique tale of love, artistic practice and self-reflexivity.

About the director:

Julia Murat was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979. She graduated from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University in graphic design and at the Darcy Ribeiro Film School as a screenwriter. Julia has made short-films, experimental videos and video installations. She also has a long time experience working as an editor, assistant director, and camera assistant. Father‘s Day (Dia dos pais, 2008) her feature length documentary film premiered at Cinéma du réel in 2008. Found Memories (Historias que só existem quando lembradas, 2011) her first feature length fiction film, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2011, was selected at San Sebastian, Toronto, Rotterdam, New Directors New Films, and won 39 international prizes, including Best Film at Abu Dhabi, Sofia and Lima. Pendular is her second feature film and was selected for this year‘s edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Julia Murat, Matias Mariani

Dir. of Photography: Soledad Rodriguez

Cast: Raquel Karro, Rodrigo Bolzan, Neto Machado, Marcio Vito, Felipe Rocha