Kiko Goifman
Brazil, Horror, 2008
80 min, 35mm, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

FilmeFobia details a fictitious movie director’s attempt (played by one of Brazil’s main film scholars, Jean-Claude Bernardet) to make a documentary about fear in contemporary society. The main belief of this character is that the only image that is authentic, real, and truthful is actually that of a human being challenged by his or her own phobia. The crew of this film-within-a-film documentary explores the limits of the psyche by exposing phobics to their greatest irrational fears. A meditation on ethics in documentary, the filming of the film-within-a-film goes awry when the 71 year-old director begins to become personally and seriously afflicted by the disturbing nature of the project. All of the phobics of FilmeFobia are actors with one surprise inclusion: Kiko Goifman, director turned actor in his own film, submits himself to his very real phobia of blood.


Mature audiences

Alamo Village, Tuesday April 28, 9:45 PM

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Kiko Goifman was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has directed a number of award-winning documentaries, including Acts of Men, about the extreme use of violence in Rio de Janeiro. His work also includes experimental projects on film, video, websites, and CD-ROMs.

filmefobia_pProducer: Jurandir Müller, Roberto Tibiriçá
Screenwriter: Kiko Goifman, Hilton Lacerda
Cinematographer: Aloysio Raulino
Editor: Vania Debs
Music: Livio Trachtenberg
Cast: Thiago Amaral, Victor Angelo, Marcelo Bannitz, Jean-Claude Bernadet, Cris Bierrenbach, Ariel Bogochvol, Luz Cabral