Wednesday, 26, January, 2022

Press Conference | Cast and director talk about the feature O Novelo

A feature that escapes clichés to talk about black men while reflecting its complexities

In November, a very important date is celebrated, the Black Consciousness on the 20th. Much is said about accepting and respecting others, and it is the right thing to do. But being black goes beyond respect and acceptance. We need to talk about other issues that affect not only black people, but black men. The feature premieres today the skein, a feature that touches deeply, is spontaneous and beautiful, as it talks to the public as equals. It's hard to see films that deal sensitively with the topics covered here in the skein.

the skein presents his narrative by an event in a family of five brothers (and a possible meeting with the father who abandoned them). Each one in their universe shows us a social problem that needs to be debated, with their dramas and their experiences, choices and particularities, but which are united by the memories of knitting, learned in childhood, with the objective of “recovering the value of the family and of the brotherhood."

O Novelo", de Cláudia Pinheiro, estreia no Festival de Gramado 2021 - Casa  do Cinema Brasileiro
Actors learned to knit to play their roles / Reproduction

The narrative is dominated by male characters. Besides the mother (played by Isabel Zuaa, in a cameo), the other women in the film are a girlfriend and an ex-wife, both undeveloped and without their own narratives. Also script writer, Nanna de Castro he said he sought to question stereotypes linked to masculinity, addressing issues ranging from fatherhood to sexual orientation. 

Last Monday, 22nd, we participated in the virtual press conference and were able to talk with the cast and the director of the feature. The actors who participate in the film are Nando Cunha, Rocco Pitanga, Sergio Menezes, Rogerio Brito and Sidney Santiago Kwanza and the Claudia Pinheiro responsible for the direction. Check out!

The director Claudia during the press conference commented on the feelings that it is more common for women to express, but that men also feel, but they do not allow themselves to be expressed due to the view that men cannot cry, the so-called toxic masculinity.

 I think men are just created not to be fragile and delicate. But I think deep down. In the background. Feelings are close, similar. – Claudia Pinheiro.

the skein addresses very current issues such as toxic masculinity, parental absence and even society's pressure on men's sexuality. Watching the film we see that one of the brothers is gay, but hides his sexual orientation and the other is not, but because he is sensitive he is seen as someone from the LGBT community. In addition, the film is mostly composed of black actors and this representation is very important because the black actor is more than a black actor, he is an ordinary actor who can play any role and the fact that we see black actors in a film directed and written by women approaching such relevant and current topics is proof that the audiovisual sector has advanced for the better.

O Novelo”: Diretora e roteirista falam sobre filme que estreia em Gramado
Cast formed by black actors / Reproduction

Actor Nando Cunha talks about the importance of a black cast and even more in cinema. For him it is important to see black bodies living in a sensitive way, in a humanized way.

The feature is an adaptation of the homonymous play by Nanna de Castro, staged in 2009, and was made up of white men. But upon meeting Nando Cunha in Gramado, the director and the producers decided to offer him the role of Mauro, the eldest of the brothers. After casting the actor, the family at the center of the narrative became black and formed, in the adult nucleus, by the other actors mentioned above.

The movie when the cast turns black… We need to make this cut in this very racist country. That historically has always placed us in this brutalized, animalized black masculinity (...) A white masculinity is completely different from a black masculinity. This we need to understand. – Nando Cunha

The film counts on the production of Luciano Reck and Diego Freitas from Parakino Studio, arriving at selected platforms and cinemas on November 25th. The production received two important awards at the 49th Gramado Film Festival: Best Actor for Nando Cunha and Best Film by Public Choice. The feature also received an honorable mention for the performance of Isabel Zuaa and the juvenile cast.

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