World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Trabalhar cansa (Hard Labor)

Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra | Brazil | 2011 | 99 | In Portuguese | English subtitles


A feature film debut by writer-directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, a small So Paulo family drama with lots of unexpected turns.

Housewife Helena is about to realize a long-cherished wish: opening her own grocery store. She employs Paula to look after her daughter and her house. Her husband Otvio loses his job and doesnt succeed in finding new employment. Helena now not only has to manage her store and staff, but also faces the daunting task of being the sole supporter of her family. Meanwhile, strange things happen at the store. Gross, mouldy spots appear on the walls which cant be removed, the TV picks up weird stations and products oddly go missing from the shop. The rot that inevitably takes over the store, also takes hold of Helenas life...

Rojas and Dutra demonstrate how somebody can be taken over completely by their work. Or even: how work can define somebody. This unusual and fascinating film was nominated at the 2011 Cannes film festival in the Un Certain Regard competition.


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SU 12 AUG - 15:00 | get your tickets

Director Juliana Rojas is present during all screenings and available for Q&A.

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