By Caetano GOTARDO, Marco DUTRA


Drama - Post-Production 2019

The Dead tells the story of the decline of the Soares family in the final months of the 19th century. Isabel is the dying mother, and her daughters are Maria and Ana. The three women try hard to forget about their pasts in the coffee farm and face the industrial times that start to take over Brazil.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Caetano GOTARDO, Marco DUTRA
    • Writer(s)
    • Caetano GOTARDO, Marco DUTRA
    • Producer(s)
    • Sara SILVEIRA (Dezenove Som e Imagens), Maria IONESCU (Dezenove Som e Imagens), Clément DUBOIN (Good Fortune Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Set in the final months of the nineteenth century and the very beginning of the twentieth, The Dead is the story of the decline of a family in São Paulo, narrated from the point of view of its three women: Isabel, the mother, and her daughters Maria and Ana. After the death of their maid Josefina – a former black slave back from the times when the family lived in the coffee farm – the notion of “home” seems to stop making sense. Isabel gets sick and does not get better. The doctor gives her a few months to live. Maria, a nun and teacher, has little time to devote to the house. She puts her sister Ana in charge. But Ana is a strange, quiet and lonely quiet girl who never was able to get married. As time goes by, Ana develops an obsessive relationship with the memories of the family farm and the slaves who lived there. Their ghosts come back to haunt her. Also, the three women miss Jorge, the father, who left them in the city to work for the Italians who purchased the old farm. The women know, deep down inside, that he will never return. The film is set around three big Brazilian holidays: Independence Day, Day of the Dead and Carnival. With few resources and unable to share the euphoria that comes with the modernization of the city of São Paulo, Isabel, Ana and Maria inexorably approach illness and madness.
    • Partners & financing
    • Co-production: Good Fortune Films (France)
      World Sales Agent: Indie Sales
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 09, 2018
    • End of shooting
    • Nov 12, 2018