|9:15 a.m.||THE MAN OF THE YEAR|
José Henrique Fonseca Brazil, 2003
(O homem do ano). Fate and peroxide tint José Henrique Fonseca's atmospheric film set on Brazil's besieged city streets. Gazing into a mirror at a salon, Máiquel (brooding and volatile Murilo Benício) glimpses a new personality lurking behind his freshly bleached platinum blonde hair. When Máiquel kills a local criminal, he earns his neighbors' respect and launches his life as an assassin. Breno Silveira's liquid camerawork underscores the mood of decay and corruption in Fonseca's sleek first feature, a potent examination of the forces of destiny, violence, and status.
• Written by Rubem Fonseca, based on The Killer by Patricia Melo. Photographed by Breno Silveira. With Murilo Benício, Claudia Abreu, Natália Lage, Jorge Dória. (115 mins)