Bressane, a leading name in progressive Brazilian cinema for the past forty years, was honoured with a retrospective at the IFFR in 2000. He has made a musical landscape film about a street corner in Rio using photogra...展开phs and his own films (shot between 1957 and 2005).
In his film Rua Aperana 52 Júlio Bressane describes the invention of a landscape, the topology of a corner of Rio de Janeiro. The film consists of a series of photographs taken between 1909 and 1955 by, among others, Bressane’s parents at and around the address used as a title. These are interlarded with scenes from films made between 1957 and 2005, bringing the total fictional time the film covers to almost a century; one hundred years in which the winding road featured in almost every shot structures the new landscape behind the Aperana, which means ‘wrong road’.
Rua Aperana 52 is autobiographical, as it is a landscape from Bressane’s youth, but it is also not so; it is more a multi-subjective mythology of a place seen through all those films and photographs. Bressane refers to his editing as an intuitive form of thinking aimed at evoking moods which make the viewer the new witness of the fictional landscape. A fiction about a fiction.