The Brazilian film I Remember the Crows / Lembro Mais dos Corvos, the second documentary feature by Gustavo Vinagre (Nova Dubai) was the winner of the awards for Best Film and the Youth Prize at the 40th edition of Cinéma du Réel, the documentary film festival in Paris, France.
Filmed in a single all-night session, I Remember the Crows is an extended interview with the filmmaker's friend and collaborator Julia Katharine, a Japanese-Brazilian trans actress-filmmaker whose insomnia keeps her awake long enough to candidly spill stories of her childhood, family, romances, desires, self-destructive impulses, and—above all—love of cinema.
Vinagre invests himself in Julia’s tales as a quiet but attentive insider as she speaks at length of her insecurities, her desire to divulge honestly and still engage her audience, and the various films that have shaped her identity, from Terms of Endearment to The Birds to Querelle. A deeply personal and immediate confessional, I Remember the Crows observes a psychological fulfillment from its subject and director inconceivable in any other time and place. The film will have its U.S. premiere this April as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art of the Real series.
The 40th edition of Cinema du Réel took place March 23 - April 1 in Paris, France.