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Interview: Carolina Markowicz – Charcoal (Carvão)

Interview: Carolina Markowicz – Charcoal (Carvão)

Pandemic times gifted Brazilian filmmaker Carolina Markowicz with fraternal film twins. Toll would turn out to be her sophomore feature, but she broke out with Charcoal — a film set in rural Brazil features Maeve Jinkings as the matriarch struggles to hold her nuclear family together when everything around her is burning up. Markowicz explores the shifting hierarchy of this one family (with a new visitor) and the community that surrounds it with a generous touch of comedy noir with hot plate of revenge. Just after having its world premiere (in the Platform section) at TIFF in 2022, Charcoal (Carvão) would then splash at Donostia-San Sebastian. I spoke to the filmmaker in Toronto discussing the idea behind setting the world in the land of wood burning, the traits of her character set and how the backdrop inform and inspire Jinkings’ performance.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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