By Maria Clara ESCOBAR


Second film - Completed 2016

A one way trip to Argentina. The pain of a loss and the bureaucratic impossibility to bring back the beloved's dead body. Divided in three parts, Desterro deals with different aspects of being lost and questions how much can one bear.
In each part, the film explores different situations and limits

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Second film, Road movie, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maria Clara ESCOBAR
    • Writer(s)
    • Maria Clara ESCOBAR, Caetano GOTARDO, Carla KINZO
    • Producer(s)
    • Paula PRIPAS (Filmes de Abril), João MATOS (TERRATREME), Ivan EIBUSZYC (FRUTACINE)
    • Synopsis
    • I - Laura, 30 years old, and Israel, 34, have been together for the past seven years, but they were never officially married. They have a five-year-old son named Lucas.
      They almost don't speak to each other anymore and the separation seems imminent. They’re both exhausted.
      They live in a house given by Israel’s mother, even though he doesn’t speak to her. Strange things start to happen around Laura, who is convinced that she’s attracting catastrophes. She walks around the street and there is a car crash. Somebody commits suicide in front of her house. She cries and a storm comes. It is like the city was responding to her feelings. Is it possible? What kind of connection can one person still have with nature in the cities? Is she crazy?
      After almost being responsible for her son’s drowning, feeling suffocated and scared, she decides to make a road trip to Argentina – an old dream of hers.
      Just to breed. She will be back.

      II - During the 78 hours trip, Laura meets Julio, a man that looks almost like Israel, with whom she talks about life. Laura starts feeling sick during the trip. She coughs a lot.
      She feels frightened but Julio seems to be the perfect solution. At least they talk.
      She tries hard to make things right. For the first time in years, Laura feels alive.
      Different characters tell their stories in the bus as they were documentary testimonials.
      The bus keeps its journey. Laura keeps her journey.
      She dances with Julio in a disco.
      She sees a big accident on the road and feels like it was a warning.
      Laura asks Julio to get off the bus with her. He does, after crossing the Argentinean border.
      Julio says he can’t stay long.
      It doesn’t matter.
      They rent a room in a small hotel. In this little hotel, Julio tells Laura that he likes her. In this same hotel, Laura dies.

      III - Israel, in Brazil, receives a phone call.
      Laura is dead. She’ll never come back. But Lucas is still a small kid. So, Israel starts a journey that gets more complicated as time passes. He needs to bring Laura's body back.
      But he doesn't have the money, he wasn't legally married to Laura and he always made a great effort to keep away from their families. He doesn't have anybody to help him.
      He tries hard to make things right.
      He believes is his responsibility. His family.
      He doesn’t tell Lucas what’s happening. He doesn’t tell anyone. He talks to Julio and different lawyers.
      Lucas start to feel that something is wrong and get very sick.
      Without knowing what to do, he calls his mom and follows Laura's journey to Argentina.
      Following Julio’s instruction, Israel finds Laura's body. It is stretched on a bench, in the middle of the road, covered with moss.
      For the first time in years, Israel take a big breath. He tries to say something but any word comes out of his mouth. A house burns somewhere.
    • Partners & financing
    • Ibermedia program for development - US$ 10.000,00
      Fundo Setorial do Audiovisual/ FSA/ANCINE (National Film Fund, Brazil) - 80% of the budget,
      US$ 380,000.00
      TERRATREME, Portugal
      FRUTACINE, Argentina
    • Production schedule
    • July, September 2017 - Pre-production
      September, November 2017 - 8 weeks shooting
      December to March 2018- Post production
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 19, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Nov 09, 2017