With what feels like the start of a new decade with one too many overlapping projects, Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes finally laid the long-gestating Savagery to bed. Written by Gomes alongside The Tsugua Diaries co-director Maureen Fazendeiro, along with Telmo Churro and Mariana Ricardo, Selvajara is an adaptation of the Brazilian novel Rebellion in the Backlands by Euclides da Cunha. production companies include: O Som e a Fúria (Portugal), Shellac Sud (France), Bananeira Filmes (Brazil), Komplizen Film (Germany) and Piano (Mexico).
Gist: This is a chronicle of a bloody war that pitted the inhabitants of the hamlet of Canudos, led by their prophet, against the army of the young Brazilian Republic in 1897.
Release Date/Prediction: If this is not headed to the Palme d’Or comp or Directors’ Fortnight section, then Locarno could lasso the film.