Brasil / 2020/ 17′
The image of Saint Lazarus is lifted upon the floor full of candles. We see him old, injured, and surrounded by dogs that lick his pain. In Monteiros, Brasil, the community moves in a converging polyphony of local and catholic traditions, gracefully transiting the harmony of the quotidian that gets close to surreal. Through carefully contrasts and rhythms that immerse ourselves in the daily quotidian light beauty and the rural warmth, we attend to the prelude of what will be the Mesa de Lázaro (Lazarus’ table), the peculiar local holiday that honors the saint, considered as the protector of animal, beggars, and leprous, and adored by those seeking for healing. The invited meet among flutes, prayers, and barkings in this unheard-of feast: dishes are placed on the floor, and seven dogs eat simultaneously, leaving some scrap to Lazarus’ devotees, who eat after them. A Fome de Lázaro challenges the hegemonic relationships between humans and animals while offers a warm picture of a rite as particular as affective.
By Carlos Velandia
AWARDS / ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Visions du réel 2020, International Contest of short and medium films.
49° Festival de Cinema de Gramado, Official selection
Producer: Diego Benevides | Photography: Antônio Ternura | Sound: Nicolas Hallet, Léo Bortolin, Isadora Torres | Editing: Marcelo Coutinho |
Available from October 26th to November 1st, on the Virtual Theatre MIDBO for Colombia and Latin America. Movie with limited views.