After debuting in theaters and on rental platforms, the award-winning “A February”, by Maya Da-rin, arrives on Netflix on Wednesday. In addition to Brazil, the film will premiere at Lincoln Center in New York, USA on March 19 and is scheduled to release in France in April. The film will also be distributed in theaters in Canada, United Kingdom and China.
The film portrays the story of Justino, who works as a janitor at the cargo port, and ever since his wife has died with his daughter Vanessa, a nurse at the health post. When Vanessa is accepted to study medicine in Brasilia, she should be walking soon. With the news of his daughter’s departure and distance from his village, from where he left more than 20 years ago, Justin is no longer feeling as good.
As the days pass, he has high fever. During the night, a mysterious creature follows in its footsteps. During the day, he struggles to stay at work. But soon the arrival of the new janitor breaks the port’s tedious routine. Meanwhile, on television, there is a discussion of a wild animal lurking in the neighborhood.
One of the most interesting points of the film is the fact that it is a kind of language spoken in Tucano among the people of the Upper Rio Negro in the Amazon, spoken in almost all Tucano.
During its festival career, the film has received 29 awards so far and is to be shown in more than 60 festivals around the world. At its world premiere at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland, “A Forest” won three awards: Golden Leopard for Best Actor, Regis Mairupu, International Critic Award for FIPRESCI and “Environmental Quality of Life” Award.
“A Fray” was also voted Best Film at festivals in France, China, Argentina, Portugal, United States, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Germany and Spain. In Brazil, the film won five candangos at the 52nd Festival de Brasilia – Best Feature Film, Best Directing, Best Actor for Regis Mirupu, Best Sound and Best Photography – Rio E Best Film and Best Directing and Special Awards at the Festival Best sound in Recife International Cinema Window.
Production is by Tamandua Vermelo and Enquadranto Produce, in co-production with Still Moving (France) and Komplezon Film (Germany), with Vitrin Films distribution in Brazil.