Nighttime in Brasilia is varying shades of blue. The cityscape, made up of roads, buildings and parks, gradually gets taken over by animals: an anteater, a wolf, a capybara, an owl. This debut feature by director Ana Vaz, whose previous work has explored the environment and territory, follows various endangered animals living in a kind of permanent state of flight. (KS)
2022 - Locarno Film Festival, Cineasti del Presente - Special Mention Pardo Verde WWF and Boccalino d’Oro Award for Best Editing
2022 - Festival dei Popoli, International Competition - Best Medium-length Film Award
2022 - Festival Entrevues Belfort, International Competition - International Competition Award, One+one Award
2022 - FIDOCS 26, Santiago International Documentary Festival - Best Film Award and Young Jury Award “Mejor Ópera Prima”
Ana Vaz (1986, Brasília) is an artist and filmmaker working with film as an instrument. Composed as film-poems, her films walk alongside territories and events haunted by the ever-lasting impacts of internal and external forms of colonialism and their imprint on land, human and other than human forms of life. Expansions or consequences of her films, her practice may also embody writing, critical pedagogy, installations, film programs or ephemeral events. Her films have been screened and discussed in film festivals, seminars and institutions such as the Locarno Film Festival, Berlinale Forum Expanded, Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, LUX Moving Images, NYFF - Projections, TIFF Wavelengths, BFI, Cinéma du Réel, Flaherty Seminar, TABAKALERA, Whitechapel Gallery, Courtisane or Pivô. Ana is also a founding member of the collective COYOTE, an indisciplinary group working across ecology and political science through an array of conceptual and experimental forms.