The Way He Looks
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho
Brazil | 2014 | 95 minutes | Daniel Ribeiro
This savvy debut feature from Brazil highlights the emotional intelligence of teenagers, evoking a gay take on John Hughes’ teen classics. Blind from birth, teenaged Leonardo is ready for independence—and love. When new kid Gabriel arrives in class, he soon replaces Leonardo’s loyal female bestie.
May 30, 2014
|9:30 PM||Date has passed|
June 4, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|4:00 PM||Date has passed|
With The Way He Looks, promising young Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro has fleshed out his award-winning 2010 short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone with the same storyline and actors, whose affectless performances ring true in this (also award-winning) teenage love triangle. Ribeiro’s debut feature is an awkwardly sweet window into the world of Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), a boy leaning toward independence and first love. Blind from birth, Leo dreams of riding a bike unassisted down the streets of Sao Paulo, but his childhood friend Giovana (Tess Amorim) gently holds his arm as they walk home from school each day. Although they’re 16 and 17, neither one of them has been kissed yet. The time seems just right for those spin-the-bottle pool parties to begin. And when Gabriel (Fabio Audi), with an easy smile and a mop of curly hair, arrives as the new kid in school, things start to get really complicated. How can shy Giovana hint at her romantic interest when Leo can’t visually read her body language? And how can Gabriel captivate everyone, sighted or not, so thoroughly? Ribeiro’s savvy film highlights the emotional intelligence of teenagers, evoking a gay take on John Hughes’ teen classics. Fun music from artists including Marvin Gaye, Belle and Sebastian, and One Direction realistically soundtracks these kids’ lives: the ups and downs of coming into your own.
Daniel Ribeiro is a Brazilian film director whose 2007 short film, You, Me, and Him won him several awards including the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. The Way He Looks is Ribeiro’s first full-length feature film.
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|Principal Cast:||Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Selma Egrei, Isabela Guasco|
|Running Time:||95 minutes|
|Cinematographers:||Pierre de Kerchove|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Berlin Film Festival 2014 (Audience Award, Teddy Award)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|US Distributor:||Strand Releasing|
|International Sales:||Films Boutique|