Films: Kleber Mendonca Filho


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • Brasil
  • 2h 22min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Cast: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos
  • UK release: 24 March 2017

Clara (Braga) is a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, the sole remaining resident of an apartment block by the sea, but a construction company wants to knock it down. Effective, slow-burn drama with a sensational performance from Braga. A rare, rounded, fiery portrair of a middle-aged woman.

Neighbouring Sounds (O som ao redor)

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • Brazil
  • 2h 11min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Written by: Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Cast: Irma Brown, Maeve Jinkings, Gustavo Jahn
  • UK release: 22 March 2013

When the aging concierge of a Recife condominium is pensioned off for sleeping on the job, the residents hire a security firm which turns out to have its own agenda. A genuine ensemble piece with an artfully split focus, Filho's film is a clever and original drama of social concern.