Set within Rio’s social elite, a teenage boy struggles to escape his overprotective parents as his family spirals into bankruptcy. 112 minutes – Drama – Shooting Format: HD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 – Sound: 5.1 – Production Companies: Migdal Films
“Casa Grande, or The Ballad of Poor Jean is my first narrative feature. It’s an extremely personal film, since it portrays the world in which I grew up and from which I tried to escape. My main intention was to tell a great story, focusing on characters and their relationships, set in a very specific and authentic universe. I worked with non-professional teenage actors alongside soap opera stars, whose image connects with the characters in the film. Besides the naturalism in the performances, I strived for a formal rigor, through the repetition of familiar shots, which gradually narrate the transformation of the big house”.
The project went through the Sundance screenwriters and directors lab in 2008, where it won the Annenberg Foundation Grant, and was a finalist of the NHK award.
Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa (Writer / Director)
Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa was born in Rio de Janeiro and completed his MFA in film at Columbia University. Two of his shorts – La Muerte Es Pequeña and Salt Kiss – screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Salt Kiss was also an official selection of the New York Film Festival and won numerous awards, including Aspen, Austin, Guadalajara and Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival. In 2007, Fellipe was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His screenplay Casa Grande went to the 2008 Sundance Screenwriter’s and Director’s Lab; won the Annenberg Grant and was a finalist of the Sundance/NHK Award. His feature documentary Laura won Best Documentary at the 2011 Hamptons Film Festival, where it premiered, and then played at Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, Bafici, among others.
Iafa Britz (Producer)
Migdal Films was founded by Brazilian producer Iafa Britz. Over the last 10 years, Iafa was responsible for the production of commercially successful and award-winning films, among them The Man Who Bottled Clouds, an official selection of IDFA (Rotterdam), winner of the Oscarito at Cine Ceará and the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prize in 2011; the comedies If I Were You 1 and 2, winners of the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prize 2007 and 2010.
Her latest release is My Mother is a Character, a commercial hit which was awarded best film at the 17th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami and has been selected in festivals in Uruguai, United States and Estonia. Migdal is currently developing 2 Kidnappings and the biopic of Sister Dulce, the Brazilian nun in line to be declared a saint. Migdal’s next releases include Cássia, a musical documentary about the Brazilian rock star Cassia Eller; and Casa Grande, which participated in the Sundance Labs.