Porto dos Mortos, Imaginative post-Apocalyptic World From Brazil

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English title: Beyond the Grave

Director: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro

Writer: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro

Release Date: TBD

Release Format: TBD

MPAA Rating:  N/A

Genre: Action, Crime, Horror

Running Time: 1h 29min

Synopsis:

 In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil.

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Overview: 

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro delivers a solid interpretation of a post-apocalyptic scenario.

Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) offers all the trappings associated with zombie themed films. That is not to say Pinheiro’s vision is a part of the hoard. Pinheiro constructed a set of action driven stories. Plot and sub-plots delve into the man versus supernatural and man versus man construct.

Although Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) has the undead as a theme yet it is not a major contribution to the film. The story reflects more so on one man’s crusade for revenge. The character is mysterious, a nameless soul knows only as Policial.

Despite odds and tribulations, the protagonist is hellbent of defeating his foe. Blind fury and defeat become a recurring nightmare throughout the course of the film.

Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) circulated within the film festivals worldwide. In its wake, Pinheiro’s film garnered several nominations and awards. Below is a list of the prestigious merits earned.

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Arraial Cine Fest 2013

Nominated

Best Film Brazilian Feature Film

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro


Chicago Latino Film Festival 2012

Nominated

Audience Choice Award

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)


Havana Film Festival 2011

Nominated

Cuban Critics Award

 

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)

Nominated

Cuban Press Association Award

 

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)

Nominated

El Mégano Award

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)

Nominated

Glauber Rocha Award

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)

Nominated

Martin Luther King Memorial Center Award

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)

Nominated

Radio Havana Award

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)


Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival 2012

Nominated

Best Feature Best Film

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Producer)
Isidoro B. Guggiana (Producer)
Lockheart Filmes (Production Company)

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Pros: 

Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) offers an innovative perspective on the zombie theme. Pinheiro does excellent work in presenting man as the dangerous monster. The backdrop jumps between abandon buildings to the serenity of countrysides. Each setting is eloquent in its extension of a lawless world.

The characters are single serving accompaniments. This remains commonplace in zombie films. Yet, Pinheiro maintains inventiveness by presenting characters that audiences can connect with. The viewer becomes engaged on who, out of these survivors will meet a horrible demise.

Creative presentation of scenes is the defining aspect of Pinheiro’s film. Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) develops as a western, drama film noir. The vision, in its entirety, is a model of inventive filmmaking. Complimenting this artistic approach is the use of poetic dialogue. Fascinating is the word that best sums Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave). 

Actor Rafael Tombini shines in his role as the protagonist, Policial. Tombini addresses a man determined on finding a means to an end. A powerful performance indeed. The role is defined and does not tread on cliché tough guy antics. Álvaro Rosa Costa and Amanda Lerias also offer a defining representation of their roles. In fact, the cast as a whole delivers remarkable performances.

To add, attention to unique costume designing is evident. Each character has a defining visual extension fueled from their distinguished look. This is evident with the villain and his henchmen.

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Cons:

The practical effects and costume design for the zombies were unrefined. Astute viewers will notice the peering edges of badly applied prosthetics. Pinheiro could have omitted the inclusion of zombies. Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) offers a rich story about revenge and the supernatural on its own. Zombies serve as a distraction.

There were few occasions in the film featuring erroneous editing quality. One scene, in particular, finds Policial and his group seized by the enemy. An attempt to emulate a creative sequence of shots fails to convey this artistic quality.

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In conclusion: 

Porto dos Mortos (Beyond the Grave) is a defining artistic film from Brazil. Zombies are an added but unnecessary component. In this post-apocalyptic world, it is man against the unknown that becomes the centerpiece. The plot provides literal and figurative commentary. The ending itself pays homage to those memorable finales seen in Western (cowboy) films.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
85 %
Performances
95 %
Originality / Redefining
90 %
Plot
90 %
Practical Effects
50 %
Scare Factor
10 %
Special Effects
5 %
Viewing Experience
95 %
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