O cheiro do ralo | Drained
Brazil, Black Comedy, 2006
105 min, 35mm, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles
Regal Metropolitan 14
Wednesday, April 23, 6 PM
To the desperate customers of his São Paulo pawn shop, Lourenço provides an opportunity for a mutually beneficial transaction. But to Lourenço, the world is a place in which people, like unwanted objects, are all for sale. The human catalogue that passes through his shop merely provides fodder for his perverse power games: "the bride", "the gramophone man," or "the addict.” However, strange circumstances and some dubious plumbing lead Lourenço to unexpectedly confront the very characters he believed to be his pawns. He is soon forced to make use of a currency that he has put aside for a long time: affection.
Heitor Dahlia was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970, and was raised in Recife. In 1997, he directed Conceição, a short film that was shown at a number of film festivals. He worked as assistant director on A Glass of Rage, and wrote The Three Marias. He directed his first feature, Nina, in 2004. It won awards in festivals in Rotterdam, Moscow and New York. Drained is his second feature film.
Producers: Marcelo Doria, Joana Mariani, Rodrigo Teixeira
Production Companies: Geração Conteúdo, Primo Filmes, RT Features
Screenwriter: Heitor Dhalia
Cinematographer: José Roberto Eliezer
Editor: Pedro Becker
Music by: Apollo
Cast: Selton Mello, Paula Braun, Lourenço Mutarelli, Fabiana Gugli, Sílvia Lourenço, Mario Shoemberger, Martha Meola, Flávio Bauraqui, Suzana Alves