A N C H O R A G E

Feature Film Project

Selected in the Screenplay Competition at the 26th Festival of New Latin Cinema in La Habana, the project was the best qualifyed in script and direction concept a t the Ministry of Culture Low Budget Features Contest in 2015.

Anchorage flirts with the false documentary and the fictional essay, bringing together references ranging from modern literature, art and philosophy, through New Wave Cinemas and contemporary experimental video.

Synopsis

An unnamed man leaves his job to do nothing for a while. Freedom, for him, is the gap between one commitment and another. Or until the money runs out. In fact, his petulant intention is to live his days of flaneur, like a bohemian or poet.

But it is curious that he goes for the journey without considering the world may have changed since the mid-nineteenth century, not to mention that he does not live in Paris but in an unidentified port city of Latin America.

This ironic miscalculation will give the imperfect tone of this uncomfortable and existencial adventure. A deep dive into the center of his own contradictions, perhaps the possibility of a new anchorage.

Khouri, Tarkovski, Glauber, Bresson and Godard are among the main aesthetic inspirations for the project.

Project

Anchorage is an arthouse feature film project, directed by Muriel Paraboni, destined for the international circuit of independent, artistic and aexperimental cinema. The target is the extensive exhibition in festivals, alternative and commercial screening rooms, biennials and art galleries. It also may be distributed by cable TV channels, VOD and streaming.

The script is inspired by the classic Memórias del subdesarrollo, by Cuban Thomás Gutiérrez Alea, whose dialogue with existentialism motivates this project: the colonized philosophical gaze in the chaotic reality of Latin America. The references that guide the film´s language and aesthetic come from Glauber Rocha, Walter Hugo Khouri, Julio Bressane, Alain Resnais, Jean- Luc Godard, among others. 

Both structure and language proposed are based on the dialogue between the New Cinemas of the 60s and 70s and the called metaphysical cinema of authors such as Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovski. Narrative is supported on and intimate and contemplative dramatic axis, which combines around it many heterogeneous elements of poetic flux, videography and visual collage.

Statement

Anchorage is a film about the crisis. Crisis as change, rupture, transformation. In this sense, crisis is rather a process of introspection that affects the subject when a certain way of seeing and acting in the world no longer serves, reversing the mismatch between his inner universe and the external world.

The film thus proposes an experience of a momentary state of crisis in the life of a man, an anonymous citizen, of whom we do not know much. He breaks with the main ties that sustain his social persona, employment, marriage, to plunge into deep contemplation of himself and the world around him.

The building that rises to its window creates a metaphor: the construction also as ruin, the new one bringing the germ of the decadent, in a reflection on the transformation of man and the world. Such metaphor is inseparable from the context that generated the project: contemporary Brazilian reality.

The character undergoes a crisis that is before him, projected in an allegorical reality. Through a sinuous narrative, forged in returns and ellipses, in which nothing seems solid, we bump into remnants of the past and projections of the future, which gradually lead the character to his new anchorage.

The film will be shot in southern Brazil, in locations as the port cities of Porto Alegre and Rio Grande.