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A Rosa Azul de Novalis

70 min.
Year of Production:
Marcelo Diorio
Majeca Angelucci
Christian Sedemaka
Marcos Hermanson Pomar
Thais Almeida Prado
Rafael Rudolf
Estela Laponi
Beatriz Pomar
Production Company:
Carneiro Verde Filmes
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Documentary Film

A film like an invitation to someone’s house. In his apartment in São Paolo, between making coffee and gay hook-ups, Marcelo’s fetishes and longings are revealed, casually and full of intensity. Marcelo’s closest confidants seem to be books, especially Novalis’ unfinished novel “Heinrich von Ofterdingen”, whose protagonist seeks an elusive blue flower. Marcelo is also looking for something, following the traces of his eventful past. The camera observes him and captures his stories with total concentration, until a simple panning shot initiates the re-enactment of one chapter of his biography. Marcelo’s words only nominally seem to take centre stage, for his physical movements actually divulge more, they are performative reservoirs of memory. Marcelo’s flat thus becomes his life’s stage – shimmering, entertaining, amusing, serious and sincere. The documentary staging employed by directors Vinagre and Carneiro crafts an entire multi-layered universe from the self-contained cosmos of the flat. A rosa azul de Novalis is far more than just an open-hearted and intimate portrait, it’s a film like the petals of the blue flower, at once tender and beguiling.

BIOGRAFIE Gustavo Vinagre

Gustavo VINAGRE (1985, Brazil) was educated at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and in Literature at the University of São Paulo. His documentary Film for Blind Poet was released at IFFR 2013. In his films, Vinagre criticises the lack of love in modern society.

FILMOGRAFIE Gustavo Vinagre (selection)

2020 Vil, má   2019 A Rosa Azul de Novalis  2009 Fucking Different São Paolo 

BIOGRAFIE Rodrigo Carneiro

Rodrigo Carneiro was born in 1984. He studied history at the Federal University of Ouro Preto in Brazil and film editing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) in Los Baños, Cuba. In 2013, he was a guest researcher in the film department of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Following three short films, A rosa azul de Novalis is his first feature-length film.

FILMOGRAFIE Rodrigo Carneiro (selection)

2019 A Rosa Azul de Novalis 

Rodrigo Carneiro @ IMDb
Gustavo Vinagre @ IMDb
Interview on 'A Rosa Azul de Novalis'

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