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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #55. Juliana Rojas’ Cidade;Campo

Juliana Rojas

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #55. Juliana Rojas’ Cidade;Campo

Cidade;Campo

Juliana Rojas embarks on her second solo feature as director with Cidade;Campo, a project initially scheduled to go into production last May but halted by the pandemic. Produced by Sara Silveira of Dezenove Som e Imagens, who has financed several of Rojas’ projects. Rojas is perhaps best known for a series of projects she co-directed with Marco Dutra. She shared the Cannes Discovery award with Dutra for their 2007 short “A Stem,” an award she’d also receive for her 2012 short “Doppelganger.” Their 2011 feature Hard Labor was selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and their 2017 feature Good Manners won the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival. Her previous solo feature was 2014’s Necropolis Symphony.

Gist: A narrative in two parts related thematically (juxtaposing city and countryside), the first segment turns on Joana, forced to move to the city upon losing her home in a flood. Working as a housekeeper, she joins in her colleagues’ struggles for better working conditions. The second portion deals with Flavia, who moves to her deceased father’s rural home with her partner Mara. The two women begin to realize something supernatural may be afoot.

Release Date/Prediction: With filming suspended last May, Rojas presented the project at this year’s Locarno for their The Films After Tomorrow competition to secure additional funding and rework the script for new filming conditions. Eyeing a late 2020 or early 2021 production schedule, if the project is completed in time, this could likely be a contender at Venice 2021.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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