Country: Brazil
Year: 1958
Duration: 11'

Two young people kiss each other, and make love on a patio with black and white tiles that look like a chess board. The film was edited and already dístributed without sound in 1958 and sound was added the year after.

"I was worried about the issue of language. I said: I do not want to say nothing. I do not want to declare or narrate. I want to create a climate. My starting off point was dialectical montage, a montage made in order to contradict, not to narrate." (Glauber Rocha)


film director

Glauber Rocha

Glauber Rocha (Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, 1939 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1981) was one of the fathers of Cinéma Nôvo, a film movement that started breathing new life into Brazilian cinema in the Sixties. His opus includes features like Black God, White Devil (1964), Entranced Earth (1967), and Antonio das mortes (1968, Palm d’Or in Cannes for Best Director). His work was connected to the tales and traditions of Brazil, it was combined with his expressive research, his political activism against capitalism and the cultural homologation of his country. During the Seventies, he traveled and worked around Africa and Europe, collaborating also with Carmelo Bene, among others.


Mossa Bildner, Glauber Rocha
A Vida É Estranha (mm, 2015).


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Glauber Rocha.
Director of photography: José Ribamar de Almeida, Luís Paulino dos Santos.
Editor: Sousa Jr.
Cast and characters: Solon Barreto (il ragazzo), Helena Ignez (la ragazza).
Production company: Glauber Rocha.