This Bizarre Culture Festival Spot Might Be the Most Arthouse-y Arthouse Film Ever

Brazil's Valongo International Image Festival Wonders Why You Didn't Know About It

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Sep 28, 2017

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Brazil's Valongo International Image Festival is trying to raise its profile for its second year, with a bizarre, gorgeously crafted spot that wonders why you didn't know the event was happening.

Directed by Giomi at Landia for agency Africa, the film revolves around a bald, androgynous character who is constantly asked in accusatory fashion by the narrator "where were you?"--i.e., why didn't he know the festival was going on.

It takes us through all sorts of scenarios as to why he wasn't there-- was he on Mars, on a sabbatical, stuck in a pit, freelancing as a monk or "hibernating among bears in the forests of Russia?"--but illustrates them in an off-the-wall, often overtly sexual way.

It's like the most arthousey arthouse movie ever-- but that's presumably the point, considering the festival's content and its likely audience. It takes place from Oct. 4 to 8 in Santos, Brazil, featuring exhibitions, talks, workshops, concerts and performances, with national and international guests. And now, you know about it.

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Sep 28, 2017
Chief Creative Officer:
Sergio Gordilho
Valongo International Film Festival
Creative Team:
Rafael Campello
Creative Team:
Bruno Valenca
Creative Team:
Filipe Birck
Creative Team:
Matteus Faria
Creative Team:
Raphael Santos
Olho Bala
Agency Producer:
Rodrigo Ferrari
Media Team:
Luiz Fernando Vieira
Media Team:
Francisco Custodio
Media Team:
Gabriel Roveri
Production Company:
Executive Production:
Sebastian Hall
Executive Production:
Carol Dantas
Production Coordinator:
Camilla Bastos
Director, Photography:
Pedro Cardillo
Art Director:
Pedro Henrique Rodrigues
Art Director:
Manoela Clemente
Rami d'Aguiar
Post Producer:
Rafael Malavasi
Post Production:
Mosh Post Production
Mosh Post Production
Sound Production Company:
Satelite Audio
Music Director:
Kito Siqueira
Music Director:
Roberto Coelho
Sound Producer:
Fernando Rojo
Sound Producer:
Daniel Iasbek
Sound Producer:
Hurso Ambrifi
Sound Producer:
Henrique Guimaraes
Sound Producer:
Mike Vlcek
Sound Producer:
Thiago Colli
Flavio Gondim
Thacio Palanca
Fabian Jarabek
Thamyres Matarozzi
Iata Cannabrava

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