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Obscuro Barroco

Evangelia Kranioti / Greece - France / 2018 / 60 ' / Portuguese / S.T. English


Yorgos Lamprinos
Evangelia Kranioti
Evangelia Kranioti
Jérôme Gonthier
Evangelia Kranioti

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, Berlinale 2018
Official Selection, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Official Selection, HotDocs 2018
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Hellenic Film Academy
Winner, Best Editing, Hellenic Film Academy
Official Selection, Athens Fashion Festival

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A stunning documentary-fiction about the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis in Rio de Janeiro.


OBSCURO BARROCO is an object that transforms infinitely, that devours infinitely: it is the mouth of Luana Muniz, a legendary figure of Rio de Janeiro’s night, that serves as the stolen point of entry to the city’s nocturnal incandescence. 

The film opens with a seductive ballet of luxuriant tropical vegetation caught in the sea breeze and bowing under heavy rain drops. The theatrical beauty of these evergreen trees is so intense that it appears to border upon the artificial: these images set the stage for a reversal of perspective in which nature itself seems factitious. It will reappear in the glittering décor of a carnival float, the swirling gateway to an artificial paradise that a healer blows in our face. It is our very capacity for metempsychosis that plays out in this film, this strange and unknown faculty through which our soul can move towards, through and inside other bodies. A true question of cinema, then. 

OBSCURO BARROCO is a documentary-fiction about the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis. It is also a cinematographic hommage to a land of extremes, the city of Rio de Janeiro. Following the path of iconic transgender figure Luana Muniz (1961-2017), the film explores different quests for the self; through transvestism, carnaval and political struggle. In turn, it asks questions about the desire for transformation of the body, both intimate and social.


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