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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

No coraçao do mundo (In the Heart of the World) (2019 Feature Film)

Gabriel Martins Alves | Maurílio Martins | Brazil | 2019 | color | DCP | 120' | Portuguese | e.s.

Fascinating characters inhabit the poor district of Contagem where Gabriel Martins and Maurelio Martins also grew up. No coração do mundo is their declaration of love for this district and its inhabitants: a surprisingly filmed mosaic story about people who continue to work for a better life – against their better judgement.

The heart of the world: that is what Selma yearns for. Not that she has a concrete place in her head. It could be anywhere, as long as she is happier. A better life like that, that’s what all the characters want in the mosaic film No coração do mundo. The film follows the inhabitants of a poor neighborhood in the Brazilian city of Contagem as they attempt to make life easier − something the women tackle with strikingly more energy than the men. Committing a burglary is just as natural as setting up as a school photographer. As long as it earns money.

Gabriel Martins and Maurílio Martins come from this area themselves and base their intriguing characters on people they know. They lovingly capture the district, with surprising camerawork, an excellent cast of professional and amateur actors and an inventive soundtrack, from sugary American ballads to Brazilian rap.

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 17:45

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 17:00

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
Gabriel Martins Alves
Maurílio Martins
Leonardo Feliciano
Kelly Crifer
Leo Pyrata
Grace Passô
Bárbara Colen
Robert Frank
Rute Jeremias
Renato Novaes
Gabriel Martins
Maurílio Martins
Guto Parente
Robert Frank
Geberte Almeida
Kim Gomes
Thiago Macêdo Correira
Production Company
Filmes de Plástico
Production Design
Remenna Procópio
Filmes de Plástico
Gabriel Martins
Maurílio Martins
Sound Design
Thiago Bello
Marcos Lopes
Year of Production
Gabriel Martins Alves

Gabriel MARTINS ALVES (Brazil) graduated in Filmmaking from the Centro Universitário UNA in Belo Horizonte. Besides making short films, he has been writing for the electronic magazine Filmes Polvo since 2007. In 2009 Martins founded production company Filmes de Plástico, together with André Novais Oliveira and Maurílio Martins. With Maurílio he directed Contagem (2010). The short received awards at several international film festivals. The co-directorship from Maurílio and Gabriel Martins, No coração do mundo had its world premiere at IFFR 2019.

Maurílio Martins

Maurílio MARTINS (1978, Brazil) is a filmmaker, screenwriter and sound technician. He is also the co-founder of production company Filmes de Plástico. His first short film Contagem/The Inside (2010), which he made with Gabriel Martins Alves, received awards at several festivals around the world. The co-directorship from Maurílio and Gabriel Martins, No coração do mundo had its world premiere at IFFR 2019.



Gabriel: (selection) 4 passos (2005, short), Más notícias para franco (2006, short), O choque (2007, short), Beatriz (2008, short), Filme de sábado (2009, short), No final do mundo (2009, short), Pelos de cachorro (2010, short), Contagem (2010, short), Doña Sonia Borrowed a Gun From Her Neighbor Alcides (2011, short), Rapsódia para o Homem Negro (2015, short), No coração do mundo/Heart of the World (2019, co-dir)

Maurílio: (selection) Contagem/The Inside (2010, short, co-dir), Estado de Sítio (2011), Um homem que voa: Nelson Prudencio (2013, short), Quinze/Fifteen (2014, short), Constelações/Constellations (2016, short), No coração do mundo/In the Heart of the World (2019, co-dir)