Obscuro Barroco


Hart House Theatre Wed, May 2, 2018 9:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Thu, May 3, 2018 12:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sun, May 6, 2018 1:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:France
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Nightvision
Film Subjects:Experimental & Observational Storytelling
LGBT Cultures & Issues
South America
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Evangelia Kranioti
Producer(s):Evangelia Kranioti
Editor(s):Yorgos Lamprinos
Cinematography:Evangelia Kranioti
Sound:Evangelia Kranioti
Jerome Gonthier


Brazilian transgender icon Luana Muniz (1961–2017) serves as narrator and guide in this mesmerizing impressionist poem that takes us to the heart of Rio de Janeiro's festive nights. A sumptuous tribute to the city's queer subculture, Obscuro Barroco introduces the viewer to a land of excess and metamorphosis, where the body can both privately and publicly reinvent itself through the ecstatic gender-bending power of carnival. As the country falls back into another conservative and authoritarian period, pressing political struggles meet a desire for self-transformation that Muniz embodies with melancholic sensuality. Following her feature debut, Exotica, Erotica, Etc., Greek director Evangelia Kranioti delivers another wandering reverie that's as much a feast for the eyes and ears as it is a declaration of love to the nonconformists of the world. Charlotte Selb

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