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Memories They Told Me

Memories They Told Me

Original Title: A Memória Que Me Contam
Directors: Lúcia Murat
Portuguese with English Subtitles
95 min
World Cinema
Cinema of the Americas

Old friends, all onetime members of Brazil's radical resistance, come together around Ana, the charismatic, fearless heart of their circle, now on her deathbed. As they think back on their choices and the paths they have tread, Ana’s spirit is a constant presence, reminding them of their failed utopia and their shared, mythologized past. This Brazilian Big Chill passionately reflects on revolution and terrorism, love and sex, and the compromises that time exacts.

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Producer: Adrian Solar / Felicitas Raffo Julia Solomonoff / Lucia Murat

Principal Cast: Franco Nero / Simone Spoladore / Irene Ravache

Film Format: DCP

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Lúcia Murat


Lucia Murat (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil). Her first feature film, the semidocumentary How Nice to See You Alive (Que bom te ver viva - 1988), had its international premiere at the Toronto Festival, and revealed a film maker dedicated to political and women’s issues. In it we can find testimonies of women tortured during the military dictatorship intercalated with fictional scenes having Irene Ravache as protagonist. Among several awards, the feature film was chosen best film by the official jury, by the popular jury and by the review in the 1989 Brasília Festival. The political concern returns in Sweet Power (Doces poderes - 1996), this time under the point of view of the marketing of election campaigns. The film had its premiere in 1997 at the Sundance Festival and in the same year, was screened at the Berlin Festival. In 2000 she released Brave New Land (Brava gente brasileira), about the relation between colonizer and the Indians in the countryside of Brazil. In 2003 she filmed Almost Brothers (Quase dois irmãos) - a political drama about the conflict between the middle class and the slum in three different times and situations - which gave her several awards, among them best direction and best Latin American film by Fipresci in the Rio Festival of 2004, best film at the First Amazonas Film Festival and best film at the Mar Del Plata Festival 2005. At the Rio Festival of 2005 was the premiere of the documentary The Foreign Eye (Olhar estrangeiro) and, in the 2007 edition, A Love Story (Maré, nossa história de amor), a joint production Brazil-France. In 2008, Maré was selected for the Panorama section of the Berlin Festival. In 2012, she released A Long Journey (Uma longa viagem), a documentary's drama about herself and her two brothers who reach adolescence in the late 1960s, an age that lived radical politics, drugs and armed struggle around the world. Her new fictional feature film, Memories they told me (A memória que me contam - 2012), a joint production Brazil-Chile-Argentina, is an ironic drama about defeated utopias, terrorism, sexual behavior and the creation of a myth. Elected by FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) the Best Film of Moscow International Film Festival

Screenplay: Lucia Murat / Tatiana Salem Levy

Producer: Adrian Solar / Felicitas Raffo Julia Solomonoff / Lucia Murat

Editor: Mair Tavares

Principal Cast: Franco Nero / Simone Spoladore / Irene Ravache

Production Companies: Taiga Filmes / Cepa Audiovisual / Ceneca Producciones

Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
Brazilian Consulate