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Authorship: Alessandro Favaron

BRAINSTORM is one of the long-feature films included in the Fabrica Cinema collection, the film production unit of Fabrica.

Directed by Laìs Bodanzky (Brazil)

Prizes: Locarno 2001 – Official Competition – Youth Award
Synopsis: Based on the true story of a middle class Brazilian adolescent forced to endure a Kafkaesque nightmare when he is unjustly institutionalized in a hellish asylum. Neto is a good-looking young guy experiencing an average Sao Paolo teenage life of alternative rock, road trips and a joint now and then. Neto would rather spend more time with his friends than at home with his overbearing parents. Feeling they can no longer control him, Neto’s parents trick their son into being admitted to a mental institution. Neto falls into the absurd system of cruelty and corruption of an archaic hospital bureaucracy. A voyage that pivots between reality and fantasy. A bad trip that threatens to push Neto over the edge into insanity …



Fabrica Cinema was created in September 1997 by Marco Müller, actually Director of Venice Film Festival, and co-produced an initial series of four films which "spoke the truth" about the reality in the distant societies where, otherwise, it would have been impossible to develop any film project without the collaboration with a courageous producer: Journey to the Sun by Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey); Moloch by Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Seventeen Years by Zhang Yuan (China) and Adanggaman by Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Ivory Coast).
From October 1999 Fabrica Cinema has started to produce first and second features of young film directors from “the rest of the world:
Brainstorm by Lais Bodanzky (Brasil); Blackboards by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran); No man’s land by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia); Secret Ballot by Babak Payami (Iran); Angel on the right by Djamshed Usmonov (Tadjikistan), Mud by Dervis Zaim (Turkey-Cyprus) and Tropical Malady, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand).
Many of these films have won prestigious awards at the most renowned international film festivals, culminating in the 2002 Oscar for Best Foreign Film for No Man’s Land by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.




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