Program 15: Berenice (Berenice Procura)
Directed by Allan Fiterman
Berenice (Cláudia Abreu) drives a cab for a living. It’s a way to pay the bills, but at least it’s a job she enjoys – her days are always interesting, and it allows her to constantly meet new people. It also helps get her out of the house and offers her a bit of respite from a marriage that’s increasingly on the rocks.
Her disinterested husband Domingo (Eduardo Moscovis) is a reporter for a sleazy tabloid TV news magazine, a job that’s taking up more and more of his focus as of late. Berenice’s relationship with her son Thiago (Caio Manhente) isn’t much better; it feels like she no longer knows who her son is anymore. Lately he’s been secretly skipping school to hang around a nightclub in Copacabana, where his best friend Isabella (trans fashion model Valentina Sampaio, who recently made history by landing the cover of Vogue Paris) works as a dancer at the club.
But when Isabella’s lifeless body is found on the local beach under mysterious circumstances, everything changes. Domingo sees the makings of a juicy story, but Thiago is devastated over the loss of his friend, a friend that Berenice never even knew he had. When it seems like the police are looking for the quickest way to wrap up the case rather than getting at the truth, Berenice takes it upon herself to get some real answers.
With an ensemble of great performances and a twisty plot that will have audiences guessing, Berenice delivers a compelling domestic drama wrapped in the center of a stylish murder-mystery. It’s a thrilling addition to this year’s lineup.
— Adam Lubitow
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Mix Brasil LGBT Film Festival (São Paulo)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Festival Do Rio