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‪O Cheiro do Ralo

Drained

‪A film by Heitor Dhalia

‪2006, Brazil, Comedy, 112 min.

‪Starring: Selton Mello, Paula Braun

 

‪In Portuguese with English subtitles‬

‪Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8 pm – FREE‬

‪Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)‬

‪600 River St. [Map] – Tel: 512-974-3772‬

 

‪ ‬It's grand emotional detachment sublimated in erotic synecdoche. – Josh Rosenblatt, THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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Screens as part of the series “A decade of comedy in Latin American cinema” [Read more]‬

 

‪Lourenço (Selton Mello) is a pawnshop owner who enjoys playing power games with his clients, always in control of the situation when people come to surrender their possessions. To him, the world does not seem to be  much more than a collection of objects that can be bought for a little money. When he meets the new beautiful waitress (Paula Braun) at the diner where he frequently eats, Lourenço becomes obsessed with her well-shaped buttocks. Then a terrible smell begins emanating from the drain in his office. The progressively bad stench and Lourenço’s inability to express his feelings to the waitress slowly spin his life out of control.

 

Lourenço (Selton Mello) es el dueño de una casa de empeños quien disfruta de los juegos de poder que ejecuta con sus clientes, siempre en control de la situación cuando la gente viene a rendir sus posesiones. Para él, el mundo no parece ser  más que una colección de objetos que se pueden comprar por un poco de dinero. Cuando conoce a la nueva mesera (Paula Braun) en el café que frecuenta para comer, Lourenço se obsesiona con su bien formado trasero. Pero un terrible olor comienza a emanar del drenaje de su oficina. El olor empeora con los días, y la  inhabilidad de Lourenço para expresar su sentimientos por la mesera, poco a poco arrojan su vida fuera de control.

 

About the director

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Heitor Dalia

Recife, 1970

Since 1988, Brazilian film director and screenwriter Heitor Dhalia has directed four feature films. Drained (2006) won awards at film festivals such as the Guadalajara Film Festival, Lima Latin American Film Festival, and Sao Paulo International Film Festival. Similarly, Adrift (2009) received critical attention. His most recent film is the US production Gone (2012) starring Amanda Seyfried.

 

Filmography

2012 - Gone
2009 - À Deriva (Adrift)
2006 - O Chiero do Ralo (Drained)
2004 - Nina

 

O Cheiro do Ralo

Drained

2006, Brazil, Comedy
112 min, 35mm, Color

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Cast‬

Selton Mello – Lourenço
Paula Braun – Garconete
Paulo Alves – Cop 1
Susana Alves – Prostitute in pink
Roberto Audio – Man with flute
Flavio Bauraqui – Man with music box
Boi – Beggar
Alice Braga – Waitress Two
Calico – Man with leg
Jorge Cerruti – Man with glass eye
Milhem Cortaz – Plumber
Wolney de Assis – Man with pen
Estevan – Autograph man
Abrahão Farc – Man with toy soldiers
André Frateschi – Voodoo man
Luciano Gatti – Man with book
Waldir Grillo – Man with rake
Fabiana Guglielmetti – Girlfriend
Lorena Lobato – Married woman
Sílvia Lourenço – Junkie
Fernando Macário – Pizza deliveryman
Leonardo Medeiros – Jesus
Martha Meola – Secretary
Hossein Minussi – Charmer
Morelli – Man with violin
Morgani – Man at the beginning
Ariel Moshe – Man with ballots
Lourenço Mutarelli – Security
Álvaro Muñiz – Charmer

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Credits

Directed by Heitor Dhalia
Written by Marçal Aquino, Heitor Dhalia
Based on the novel by Lourenço Mutarelli
Executive Producers: Marcelo Araujo, Matias Mariani, Rodrigo Teixeira
Producers: Marcelo Doria, Lula Franco, Joana Mariani, Gustavo Ribeiro, Rodrigo Teixeira
Associate Producers: Francisco Accioly, Tomas Carvalho, Guilherme Fernandes, Selton Mello
Cinematographers: José Roberto Eliezer
Editors: Pedro Becker, Jair Peres
Original Music: Apollo
Casting Director: Chico Accioly
Art Director: Guta Carvalho
Costume Designers: Tica Bertani, Patricia Zuffa
Make Up: Siva Rama Terra
Production Companies: Primo Filmes, Branca Filmes, Geração Conteúdo, RT Features, Tristero Filmes

 

An Ondamax Release

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