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A Wolf at the Door

Brazil | 2013 | 100 minutes | Fernando Coimbra

When a six-year-old is kidnapped, the panicked parents race to the authorities. As the police begin to question the suspects, they discover a world where everybody has something to hide, and every bad turn deserves another.

May 19, 2014
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Someone has kidnapped six-year-old Clarinha from school. But when the police question the usual suspects, they discover that each one tells a different, contradictory version of the events leading up to her disappearance. Delving deeper, the police peel back layers of lies to discover that everybody has something to hide. With this simple conceit that belies an ambitiously complex narrative structure, first-time filmmaker Fernando Coimbra takes us on a harrowing journey of love, infidelity, and deception. As each character's version of the story unfolds, revealing relationships that each has kept secret from one another, scenes that seemed straightforward at first take on greater complexity. Coimbra and cinematographer Lula Carvalho (Elite Squad) roam Rio's suburbs with a chilly noir style and tight framing that captures the constricted lives these people lead. Combining ripped-from-the-headlines news with Greek mythology, Coimbra and his A-list Brazilian cast create a scandalous, suspenseful tale of how love can curdle into hate, and how one bad turn may earn another.

Director Biography

Born in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, in 1976, Coimbra studied cinema at USP’s Communication and Arts School and currently works as a director and screenwriter. For nine years, he worked at Teatro Oficina as an actor, playwright, and video director. A Wolf at the Door is his first feature film.

Director: Fernando Coimbra
Principal Cast: Leandra Leal, Milhem Cortaz, Fabíola Nascimento
Country: Brazil
Year: 2013
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Debora Ivanov, Gabriel Lacerda, Rodrigo Castellar, Pablo Torrecillas
Screenplay: Fernando Coimbra
Cinematographers: Lula Carvalho
Editors: Karen Akerman
Music: Ricardo Cutz
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Havana Film Festival 2013 (Grand Coral for First Work), Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013 (Best Film, Best Actress), San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013 (Horizons Award), Miami Film Festival 2014 (Best Director, Knight Competition)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Portuguese
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Format: DCP
US Distributor: Outsider Pictures
International Sales: Mundial
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