* Start time 7.15pm
Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Starring: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings
Clara is a wealthy retired music critic, living alone in a flat in the elegant 1940s Aquarius building on the seafront in Recife, Brazil. This is a sought after location in an upmarket area of the city, details that have not gone unnoticed by the unscrupulous Bonfim construction company. They want Clara out of the Aquarius, where she is now the only resident, so that they can redevelop it. However, they are up against a woman who is not only stylish and cultured, but also fiercely independent and nobody’s fool. Her refusal to move precipitates an escalating series of threats and countermeasures; a disturbing situation which Clara nevertheless relishes. “Aquarius” is an intimate study of a particular life, which, fascinatingly, also encompasses broader issues pertinent to contemporary Brazilian society.