AQUARIUS

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“A career-defining performance by the great Sônia Braga – weathered, proud, sensuous, fragile – captivates and brings us into her world.”
– Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

Sonia Braga commands the screen as beautifully as ever, in this intimate, bracing drama that debuted to great acclaim at Cannes this year. Braga stars as Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, who is the last resident of the Aquarius, an older seaside building in the upper-class Boa Viagem Avenue in Recife. Clara lives comfortably, but she has sworn to leave her apartment only upon death, and that doesn’t please the corporation with other plans for the property. What transpires is a cold war of nerve-wracking confrontations, and the tension also sparks Clara’s memories and gets her thinking about the future, in this lovely and resonant film. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Writer/Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho. (Brazil 2016) 145 min.

SÔNIA BRAGA was born in 1950 and made her acting debut in the 1968 feature O BANDIDO DA LUZ VERMELHA before achieving fame in Brazil as a star of telenovelas. Bruno Baretto’s 1976 hit DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS introduced Sonia to international audiences. In the 1980s, she moved to Hollywood to work with directors such as Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood, and also worked on American TV series, including SEX AND THE CITY. After THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR in 1988, Sonia Braga returns to Cannes with AQUARIUS, the second feature by director Kleber Mendonça Filho.

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