A woman haunted by a relationship outside of marriage is led by the lure of God and the devil, to shed blood to get rid of her conflicts. The plot of “Lavagem”, a well-designed short film by Shiko Shilo, takes place in 20 minutes of increasing tension and suspense, leading the viewer to share the insanity of the young transgressor of moral and good manners.
Meanwhile, a city is shaken by a mysterious half-human half-animal figure, which comes out of nowhere in busy locations, for example, like a movie theater, to attack its victims. In a police climate”Calma Monga, calma!” by Petrônio de Lorena, spreads panic through the city, with the always effective contribution of the media, denouncing clichés that become routine in a big city.
In a trip from the "Old World" to the country of the future, a strange chemical travels through pipelines until it reaches human and turns them into beings of menacing eyes. The disgusting goo that flows through the city spreading terror gets historical-political connotations with metaphorical allusions to colonialism.
I do not believe in monsters, but they are there. And, amazingly, they have feelings. This is what guarantees Caio D'Andrea in "O solitário ataque de Vorgon". The (scientific) fiction takes the liberty to reveal the deepest emotions of a strange being who finds himself isolated in his saga of evil.
The four works are part of the Damned Session of this edition of the International Short Film Festival of Belo Horizonte. They carry in common the strain that involves tormented beings, which are either main characters of the plots or supporting actors, or viewers pinned by uncomfortable issues, but mainly by images we often prefer to avoid.
Hence the fact that they have been selected for showing in alternative time and grouped under the "label" damned; also having in common the fact that they carry a certain air of trash, which adds even more irony to the undigested themes, not without a certain lightness to enforce approaches that could become even tougher.
After all, the good aspect of trash lies exactly in the counterbalance between the weight of the scene and the absurd of ketchup blood, as if poked the wound but leaving a space for the viewer to breathe. As if it was only a pause to not stifle in the everyday violence, but without the right to ignorance, not to see where the problems actually lie. They are works that not only suggest, but also indicate important issues, often lampooning other which intends to be serious and which are nothing more than slot machines.
The four works chosen to join the Damned Session each have in its own manner, bits of trash, suspense and psychological stress able to instigate the viewer. They are works of cinema for the most which is the most, which can be even more. Cinema of the excesses that, can say much more than you think.
Affonso Uchoa, Bruno Vasconcelos, Gracie Santos e Ricardo Alves Jr.
Selection Committee – Brazilian Short Films