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Vinil Verde by Kleber Mendonca Filho

Vinil Verde by Kleber Mendonca Filho

Friday 3 October 2014, by Jack Wormell

Vinil Verde (Green Vinyl) unfolds like a modern day Struwwelpeter, but in the place of didactic morals the film creeps along with a strange silence, literally and in its authorial voice, leaving you not entirely sure what to make of it.

The film illustrates the disastrous consequences of a daughter’s childish spontaneity and curiosity when her mother gives her a box of records and a record player for her birthday – but tells her ‘Never play the green record’. Vinil Verde is a ‘cine-roman’ in the style of Chris Marker’s La Jetee; its moments are frozen in time in a rather uncomfortable way. To compliment this eerie lack of sound it uses certain diegetic foley to heighten our sensations: vinyl slipping out of record sleeves, packaging being rifled through at a supermarket, lovely physical sounds that get inside your ears and mind and crawl up your back. Enjoy.

Vinil Verde (Green Vinyl, 2004, 16’) from Kleber Mendonça Filho on Vimeo.

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s first feature film ‘Neighbouring Sounds’, is playing at the Barbican Cinema on 5th October, as part of the City Visions film season.


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