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by Bruno Gularte Barreto


Bruno Gularte Barreto grew up in Dom Pedrito, a town in the far south of Brazil. His mother died when he was eight, and his father five years after her. Twenty years later, now a photographer and filmmaker, Barreto returns to the place where he left his childhood memories—stored in a few old boxes in his grandfather’s shed. 5 Houses is a portrait of five people who were important to the filmmaker when he was a child. Apart from a few childhood photos, he himself remains out of the picture. He visits a teacher who used to take care of him, and a gay childhood friend. Their combined stories—about exclusion and terror, but also love—paint a portrait of a small, somewhat oppressive community and a boy who lost his sense of security within it, despite the help he was offered. In his wistful look at the past, Barreto transcends his personal experiences; anyone can identify with his bittersweet journey.

international title: 5 Houses
original title: 5 Casas
country: Brazil, Germany
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Bruno Gularte Barreto
film run: 85'
screenplay: Vicente Moreno, Bruno Gularte Barreto
cinematography by: Bruno Polidoro, Bruno Gularte Barreto, Tiago Coelho
film editing: Vicente Moreno
music: Emil Klotzsch
producer: Jessica Luz
production: Tag/Traum Filmproduktion, Vulcana Cinema (BR), Estranho Produções (BR)
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