Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #200. Aly Muritiba’s Barba ensopada de sangue
Barba ensopada de sangue
For his sixth feature film, Brazilian filmmaker Aly Muritiba tackled the book-to-film adaptation of Daniel Galera‘s Blood-Drenched Beard – a 2015 novel (read the Times review) that is set in a Brazilian beach town and sees its central character confront his family’s past while suffering from a rare neurological condition that is commonly known as face blindness. On the cusp of breaking out internationally, actor Gabriel Leone (spitting image of a young Brando) toplines Barba ensopada de sangue which took place between October and December of last year. Cinematographer Inti Briones (whose previous recent work includes some of the best female Latin American filmmakers in Too Late to Die Young, Song Without a Name and The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future) teamed with Muritiba on a project that is produced by veteran Rodrigo Teixeira. Muritiba is coming off the Venice Film Fest – Giornate degli Autori preemed Deserto particular (winner of the section’s BNL People’s Choice Award) which was Brazil’s official selection in the Best International Film category for the 2022’s Oscars. That project was big on vistas and opposites attracting – which we can expect here. He tends to mix his filmography with television series and will likely be hitting a series adaptation of a City of God sequel for HBO Max while Barba ensopada de sangue moves into post. Muritiba has pretty much been to all the A grade fests with his collection of shorts/features.
Gist: From the book’s synopsis: a young man’s father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his own father’s end. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers at a Sunday dance in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now famous for its surfing and fishing. It was a sort of execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes….
Release Date/Prediction: The earliest this will be ready for is the fall film fest circuit so we’re thinking that Toronto and San Sebastian might be suitable fits for the film – perhaps even genre fests depending on how much the film works within the horror parameters.