Cinecolor Audience Award - «Aquarius», by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Clara -Sonia Braga-, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company, which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her home upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company, a confrontation that is both mysterious, frightening and nerve wracking. This confrontation turns out to be a conflict between different lifestyles: on the one hand, ultra-contemporary living, marked by conspicuous consumption and widespread sanitization; on the other hand, that of an earlier generation, based on "getting along” and a sense of community (a topic the filmmaker had already addressed in his first film Neighboring Sounds). This tension disturbs Clara but also gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.

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