By Maria Clara ESCOBAR


Documentary - Development 2017

Gil came to São Paulo because, besides being an evangelic, she was in love with her wife, Dedê, and had the hope to have a better chance to be a singer there. She ended up being a maid. Maria Clara proposed her to make a film. Any film. Where they can be whatever they want.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Drama
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maria Clara ESCOBAR
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Let’s explode São Paulo, Gil? is a doc/fic movie about encounters. Encounters between two characters who are intimate but who can never speak from the same place.
      An abyss separates these two characters – one is the boss and the other is the help. Nonetheless, they share a common life and want to make a movie together. Gil wants to make the movie that Maria Clara wants and Maria Clara wants to make the movie that Gil wants. This is the starting point for the conflict of making the film, their final product and common goal.
      As it is impossible to be reach a consensus, – and neither of the two characters are actresses – a method is established: the film is created, together, through heated discussions. It's a screenplay-movie process. For every scene or block of scenes that are carried out, the protagonists and directors stop, discuss and think about where to go next.
      Scenes are proposed, from desires and provocations. Gil will direct her own show, Maria Clara is obsessed with the idea of exploding São Paulo.
      Aesthetically, the film is always carried out from a naturalistic perspective over its developments. Whether they are of documentary or fictional nature, they are taken as a single space: the reality of an established and agreed upon fiction. Everything that happens in the film is real and coherent with the fiction that has been established, although they are acts and events that also happen, or have already happened, outside the realm of fiction. For this, the interviews and discussions during the script development and creation of fictitious scenes will be recorded, and may or may not be part of the film production.
      The meetings and decisions regarding the film are part of the film, and the imminent failure of escaping reality sets the pace.
      In the narrative, Gil records an album and becomes famous, Maria Clara leaves the city of São Paulo freeing herself from her ties.
      Throughout the film, the crew members becomes characters and end up being part of Gil’s band. The movie is a movie and at the same time it is the experience of reality that establishes itself in the now.