A SOMBRA DO PAI

THE FATHER'S SHADOW

By Gabriela AMARAL ALMEIDA

ACERE - as PROD

Horror - Completed 2018

When a child is forced to become the house’s adult because her father is sick and her mother is dead, there’s an inversion in the natural order of things. Childhood becomes a saga. And the frustrated parenthood turns into a conviction.


Festivals
& Awards

3º BRASIL CINEMUNDI 2012
International Coproduction Meeting
BrLab 2012
Laboratório de Desenvolvimento de Projetos no Brasil - Bolivia Lab Award
FUNDACIÓN CAROLINA 2013
XI Curso de Desarrollo de Proyectos Cinematográficos Iberoamericanos
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE 2014
Grant as a Sundance Institute Feature Film Fellow
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE 2014
Directors Lab
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE 2014
Screenwriters Lab
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE 2014
Sound Lab
Festival de Brasilia 2018
Awards: Editing, Sound,Supporting Actress
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Horror, Drama
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gabriela AMARAL ALMEIDA
    • Writer(s)
    • Gabriela AMARAL AMEIDA
    • Producer(s)
    • Rodrigo SARTI WERTHEIN (ACERE), Rodrigo TEIXEIRA (RT FEATURES)
    • Synopsis
    • Dalva can’t communicate with her father, the bricklayer Jorge. They have a cold and distant relationship ever since she was born. Dalva’s mother died in childbirth. Deep inside, he blames Dalva and has never managed to forgive her.

      The bricklayer does nothing, but to work. Dalva wants nothing, but her father’s affection. They live with Cristina, Jorge’s older sister, a single woman whose dream is to get married. The woman often turns to magic to try and get a husband. Dalva doesn’t like her; she thinks she is the way between her and her dad.

      Under the influence of her aunt and the horror movies she watches on TV, Dalva tries all kinds of enchantment to solve her problems. Nothing works, until the day a classmate of hers gets seriously injured. During Saint John’s Eve, the boy belittles Dalva. She strongly wishes he dies. Then, the spark of a firecracker burns and sets the boy’s clothes on fire. Strangely, from this day on, all Dalva’s spells start to work, and her deepest wish comes true: Cristina leaves the house to get married.

      Father and daughter are now living alone. But Dalva doesn’t know that Jorge is facing problems at work, ever since he witnessed the death of a work colleague, who fell off a scaffold. Jorge fears it may happen again, so going to work has became a nightmare. His constant headaches worsened. He doesn’t eat, he doesn’t sleep, he barely talks. Jorge was diagnosed as having depression, but won’t get treatment. Dalva suspects he is turning into a walking dead. Not to lose her father, she attempts to bring her mom back to life. She plants some of her mother’s belongings on the backyard, hoping she would reborn.

      As Jorge becomes sicker – and, eventually, violent – a strange plant starts to grow on the backyard, feeding the girl with hope. She believes that sooner or later her mom will come back to solve all her problems.
    • Partners & financing
    • Fully Financed
    • Production schedule
    • Pre-Production: April to June, 2016
      Shooting: July 2016
      Pos-production beginning December 2016
      Release: 2018
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 03, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Aug 06, 2016
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