Cibele (Dandara Adrien), codename #babynymph, is the portrait of a generation that lives to enjoy and have likes. Like so many, she believes that happiness only exists if it is shared. Inspired by Greek mythology, this nymph is guarded by monsters and worshiped by gods, all very human. Along with her friend Daiana (Giovanna Almeida), Cibele wanted to live an unforgettable weekend and share every minute. She just did not imagine that this could become a matter of life or death. #babynimph, a low budget movie that is surprising audiences and has already grabbed several awards and international selections.
The film #babynymph appropriates the mokumentary style (fake documentary) mixed with found footages style, production and styles in vogue, in the experimental film circuit and world trade, which tend to perform very low cost productions and, in some cases, get interesting critical and public feedback. Those styles are still little explored in the Brazilian cinema, but are relatively saturated in the world cinematographic context. However, this project attempts to deconstruct its canon. The narrative of the film comes from the point of view of a mobile phone video camera belonging to the teen protagonist of the film, which shows the interaction of that character with multiple applications (apps) of the instrument: image capture, entertainment, social networking, among others. The mobile, in a way, has become an important character of the plot, also constituting itself as a symbolic item that made possible the emergence of a series of questions and criticisms related to contemporaneity. The main focus of this production is to present a critique of voyeurism and exhibitionism exacerbated in contemporary consumer culture, particularly given the omnipresence of technological devices in the urban landscape, especially the interactive-social digital services that establish a reality that affects people of all social classes and ages, both in Brazil and worldwide. However, teenagers are in fact the biggest consumers/interactors of this reality and age group, covered by the plot.
The choice of this topic is due to the fact that the reflections on voyeurism, exhibitionism and surveillance are recurrent in the artistic and academic work of the director/writer/producer of this feature film, who has worked for more than seven years as a result of the poetic-academic research performed by the same within the Master of Arts (Federal University of Uberlândia / MG - UFU - 2009 to 2012) and PhD in Visual Arts (University of Campinas / SP - UNICAMP – (2013 to today).
Thus, this film is the completion project of PhD of the director Aldo Pedrosa, while it is also his first feature film and was approved in first place at the Municipal Financial Incentive of Culture Fund, realized by the Cultural Foundation of the city of Uberaba, Brazil.
Even with the available low budget, the film has generated good critical and public reviews in the few exhibits that happened. The critical proposal of the film is one of the most important factors of the production: to enable viewers to reflect on worrying social issues which are not often questioned. Thus, we believe the support from your festival is essential and paramount so that our production can be viewed worldwide. Because this film was an independent production, and it was held in the interior of Brazil, we have not had any agreement with any distributors yet.
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