Foreign Film Series- Aquarius
Screenings at 2 pm & 5 pm
Admission: Patrons $27 | Senior Citizens $25 | Students $25 for the whole season
Language/subtitles: All foreign language films are subtitled and subtitles are used on English language films when available.
Brazil | 2016 | 146 min | Kleber Mendonça Filho | Portuguese language
Clara is a retired music critic whose beachside apartment block, called Aquarius, is being eyed by
a developer for demolition to make way for another sky-scraping complex. Clara’s neighbors have
all either moved on or given up: she’s the final holdout, and the developer’s unctuous grandson is
working an aggressive charm offensive – charming at first, anyway – to persuade her to move out.
But for Clara, money isn’t the point. The complexities of Brazilian society, with its different social
and racial strata and importance of family ties, becomes a quivering spider web for both Clara and
the plot to pick their way through: by the film’s end, you’ll be blissfully tangled up in both, with no
wish to break free.
2016 Sydney Film Festival, winner: Best Film; 2016 Fenix Film Awards, winner: Best Actress, Best Director.