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International Short and Medium-Length Competition

Seasick João Vieira Torres

Mal di mare

In a dreamlike state of an adoration ritual to the divinity of the sea, gentle waves merge with a Black body. It’s the calm before the storm. The ancestral dream gives way to an artist’s recurring nightmare, emphasizing his powerlessness against the violence his ancestors suffered. This is the prelude to a powerful, provocative work that unfolds into a spontaneous film-performance, bearing witness to another kind of violence rooted in today’s systemic racism. Phone in hand, João Vieira Torres walks like a ghost through a Venice Bienniale exhibition, denouncing the white gaze and white supremacy in the arts by asking a simple question no one dares answer.
— Editorial Team

With the support of the Consulat général de France à Québec

competition : Short and Medium-Length International Competition


  • Country : Brazil, France
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : English
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 15 MIN
  • Cinematography : João Vieira Torres
  • Editing : Deborah Viegas
  • Editing : João Vieira Torres
  • Production : João Vieira Torres
  • Music : Felippe Schultz Mussel
  • Sound Design : Felippe Schultz Mussel
Filmography of João Vieira Torres :

Le bain (2012)
Ici, là-bas et Lisboa (2012)
A dupla coincidência dos desejos (2013)
Toré (2015)
Ghost Children (2016)

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