Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo
I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back
Because I Love You

Marcelo Gomes, Karim Aïnouz

Brazil, Drama, 2009
75 min, Digital, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles


Co-sponsored by the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communications in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin


José Renato, geologist, 35 years old, is sent on a fieldtrip to the scrublands of the Sertão, a semi-arid isolated region in the Northeast of Brazil. The goal of his survey is to assess possible routes for a water canal from the region’s only voluminous river. For many of the region’s inhabitants, the canal will be a lifeline, the chance of a future and source of hope. But for those living on the canal’s direct course, it means only requisitions, departure and loss. As the fieldtrip progresses, it seems that José Renato has something in common with the places he visits: emptiness, a sense of abandonment and isolation. Like an astronaut who has travelled in outer space, or a sailor who has crossed the oceans, for José Renato, nothing will ever be the same again.


Regional Premiere


Marcelo Gomes graduated in Film Studies at Bristol University and directed a number of award-winning short films. His first feature Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures premiered at Un Certain Regard, Cannes, in 2005, and went on to win more than 50 prizes worldwide. Karim Aïnouz’ first feature film Madame Satã premiered at Un Certain Regard, Cannes, 2002; his installations have been shown in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial (1997) and the São Paulo Biennial (2004); and he continues to work in film and television.


Producer: Daniela Capelato, João Vieira Jr.
Production Companies: A Rec Produtores, Gullane
Screenwriter: Marcelo Gomes, Karim Aïnouz
Cinematographer: Heloisa Passos
Editor: Karen Harley
Sound Design: Waldir Xavier
Music: Chambaril
Cast: Irandhir Santos


viajo porque preciso


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