Kinematografie: Brasilien entflammt

Jovens infelizes ou um homem que grita não é um urso que dança

Young and Miserable or A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear
Thiago B. Mendonça
Brasilien 2015
127 min

In seiner Ästhetik zwischen Dokumentation und Inszenierung lässt sich Mendonças Film schwer auf einen Punkt bringen. Er ist eine Art Manifest in mehreren Kapiteln, das aus verschiedenen künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen besteht; aus theatralischen und musikalischen Darbietungen, filmischen Fragmenten, orgiastischen Szenen oder Performances im öfentlichen Raum. Durch diese möchte eine Künstlergruppe – inspiriert von Pier Paolo Pasolinis Essay “Die unglücklichen Jugendlichen” und von der surrealistischen Dichtung Aimé Césaires – ein revolutionäres Bewusstsein schafen. Den autoritären gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen ästhetische Akte entgegenhalten, darum geht es. (Martin Schlesinger)


The film of a generation, of an epoch. A prophetic film, because shortly before Dilma Roussef was ousted and replaced by Michel Temer, it already sensed the endless unease in Brazil which would ultimately usher in Jair Bolsonaro’s catastrophic rise to presidential office. The protagonist is not an individual, but a theater troupe that stands against everything under the banner of one single certainty: “To start over again, destruction is necessary.” The young and not so young members of this community of artists intervene now and then in the public order through deranged installations, performing plays at an alternative theater, and participating non-stop at the protests in the streets of São Paulo. The uncertainty that guides them is as blatantly clear as their outrage, and this explains their exalted libidos, the force of desire that finds an unequivocal direction in group sexuality. There is no political program without historical knowledge and a known enemy. In the midst of this confusion, deliberately taken on by the filmic staging, the movie sketches out dissatisfaction, vitality, and resistance while also stating its own aesthetic and political afliation, as it can be confirmed in Andrea Tonacci’s brief appearance and the plethora of symbols seen in the beautiful closing scene. (Roger Koza)

  • Alex Rocha
  • Camila Urbano
  • Cel Oliveira
  • Clarissa Moser
  • Ieltxu Ortueta Martins
  • Rafaela Penteado
  • Thiago B. Mendonça
  • André Moncaio
  • João Victor Coura
  • Thiago B. Mendonça
  • Kiko Dinucci
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