Não por acaso | Not By Chance
Brazil, Drama, 2007
100 min, 35mm, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles
Regal Metropolitan 10
Friday, April 18, 9 PM
Not by Chance tells the story of two control-obsessed characters: Enio, a supervisor at a traffic control centre, and Pedro, a snooker player who seeks absolute mastery of his technique. Both find fulfillment in life by submerging themselves in a mathematical mindset that leads them towards the feeling of control they long for. But all this is thrown to the wind one day when both Pedro's wife and Enio's ex-wife die in a car accident. Descending into the jagged world of his obsessive mind, Pedro despairs until he meets Lucia, a young woman with whom, in a parallel to his snooker techniques, he tries to re-live the same exact moments he once lived with his wife. Enio, on the other hand, is forced to confront his loss through the mysterious appearance of his unknown daughter, who forces a clumsy relationship with him by deciding to look after him. Eventually, however, the two men must decide between their own obsessions and the new opportunities life has given them.
Barcinski began working in cinema at the age of14 as a trainee director in the feature film Leila Diniz, directed by Luis Carlos Lacerda. He studied physics in Rio de Janeiro before graduating in Cinematography at ECA-USP. Experimentalism and rigor mark Barcinski’s productions to date. Known for shorts such as A escada (1996), Palíndromo (2001) and Janela aberta (2002), shown at festivals such as Gramado, Brasilia, Cannes (official selection), Berlin, and Clermont-Ferrand, his films have won over 40 awards and have been sold to more than ten TV channels around the world. Não por acaso is his first feature film.
Producers: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck, Fernando Meirelles
Production Companies: O2 Filmes, Fox Film, Globo Filmes, Petrobras
Screenwriters: Philippe Barcinski, Fabiana Werneck Barcinski, Eugênio Puppo
Cinematographer: Pedro Farkas
Editor: Márcio Canella
Music by: Ed Côrtes
Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Leonardo Medeiros, Letícia Sabatella, Branca Messina, Rita Batata, Graziela Moretto, Ney Piacentini, Cacá Amaral, Silvia Lourenço, Cássia Kiss