Gabriel and the Mountain
Brazil/France, Feature Film, 2017, 131 min
Winner at Cannes, Lima and Sao Paulo International Film FestivalsGabriel Buchmann, a young Brazilian backpacker, is found dead on top of a mountain in Africa. Inspired by Agnès Varda’s Vagabond, director Fellipe Barbosa makes a masterful tribute to his friend by re-creating the last 70 days of Buchmann's life. From Buchmann’s letters, and with help from Pedro Sotero, one of Brazil’s top cinematographers, Barbosa tracks down people that Buchmann had stayed with, his guides and African friends. All of these people play themselves in this unforgettable film (opposite João Zappa, who plays Buchmann), and we learn all about Buchmannn’s lovable quirks from the eyes of these native-born Africans. With his somewhat darker complexion, Buchmann hoped to enter the “heart of Africa,” to blend in with the people. But he didn't blend well because his entire demeanor shouted "tourist," and he always wore his cowboy belt outside his dashika. Subtitled.
Directed by Fellipe Gamarano BarbosaUS Premiere
In person: Fellipe Barbosa