São Paulo is a gunpowder keg about to explode. Amid the city turmoil a journalist, a former car thief and a mysterious woman live an intense love triangle. The clash of their desires and the friction between the opposite sides of the city foreshadows the urge of radical changes.
RIVERRUN (Riocorrente) is the second feature film by Paulo Sacramento, and the first narrative one, ten years after his debut — the awarded documentary The Prisoner of the Iron Bars (Self-Portraits).
The plot examines a disintegrating love triangle between Carlos, Renata and Marcelo.
In parallel to the dilemmas of these three characters, a child develops along a rude, intense and silent walk.
The film takes place in the contemporary Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo. The characters’ subjectivity, the mystery of their individual searches and feelings are set against what they see and desire, and narrated in an unconventional manner, as important as their actions.
The film premiered in Brazil in 2013 at the 46th Brasília Film Festival, where it won the Best Cinematography (to Aloysio Raulino) and Best Editing (to Idê Lacreta and Paulo Sacramento) awards. It was also in competition at the 37th São Paulo International Film Festival, where it received the Best Brazilian Feature Film Award, chosen by the Brazilian Film Critics Association (Abraccine).
The film premiered internationally in January of 2014, as part of the Tiger Awards Competition at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Carlos | Lee Taylor
Renata | Simone Iliescu
Marcelo | Roberto Audio
Exu | Vinícius dos Anjos
Directed and Written by Paulo Sacramento
Cinematographer: Aloysio Raulino
Production Designer: Akira Goto
Editor: Idê Lacreta e Paulo Sacramento
Casting: Patrícia Faria
Sound Recordist: Thiago Bittencourt
Sound Editor: Ricardo Reis
Original Music: Paulo Beto
Sound Mixer: Armando Torres Jr
Produced by Clarissa Knoll, Pablo Torrecillas and Paulo Sacramento
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
– 46º Festival de Brasília – Best Cinematography, Best Editing
– 37ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo – Best Brazilian film by the Critics
– APCA Prize (Paulista Art Critics Association) Best Director for Feature Film
– 43º Internacional Film Festival of Rotterdam
– 35º Durban International Film Festival
– International Film Festival of Colombo
– 31º Festival de Cine de Bogotá
– 37º Starz Denver Film Festival
– 46º Festival de Brasília
– 37ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
– IV Semana dos Realizadores
– Forum.Doc.BH 2013
– 17º Mostra de Tiradentes
– 18º FAM Florianópolis Audiovisual Mercosul
– 3º Festival Internacional de Curitiba
Olhos de Cão
Saracura Filmes and TC Filmes
– ANCINE – Program for Incentive of Brazilian film quality
– FSA – BRDE
– The State of São Paulo – Department of Culture – PROAC (Project supported by the State of São Paulo, State Department of Culture – Cultural Action Program – 2011)
– City Hall of the Municipality of São Paulo, Department of Culture, Municipal Support for Cinema