Production Design Week

‘Praça Saens Peña’ – Production Design memory

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 24
18:30 – 21:30 BRT
Cinemateca do MAM
Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85 - Praia do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
Screening of the feature film “Praça Saens Peña” by Vinícius Reis. Brazil, 2008. With Chico Díaz, Maria Padilha, Isabella Meirelles, a large cast and a special appearance by Aldir Blanc. 100'. Rating 12 years. The screening takes place on World Audiovisual Preservation Day. After the screening there will be a debate with art critic Andrea Ormond and members of the film crew: Vinícius Reis, director; Tainá Xavier, production designer and Rô Nascimento, costume designer. It aims to develop a conversation focusing on the theme of Production Design, Costume Design, Cinema and Memory. Set in the neighborhood of Tijuca, in a time before it was filmed, Praça Saens Peña is an example of how changes that took place in the not-so-distant past are relevant and significant. Put into perspective, it’s possible to conclude that the film's characters and events dialog with current occurrences and values. The strategies used to construct the aesthetics of everyday life, present in the scenic spaces and characters in the film, will be examined through reports on the processes of research, creation and execution of the sets and costumes for the film, which will be released 15 years later in 2023.

The event will be hosted in the cinema library of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, an important institution that has been promoting art and culture in the country since 1948. Through its support for International Production Design Week, the cinema library is entering into a partnership with the Brada Collective - with the aim of safeguarding documents on the creative process of production design and art department, giving a place to the memory of these creative areas of Brazilian cinema in its collection.

The panel discussion will be attended by:

- Andrea Ormond: Writer and art critic. Author of the trilogy of books Brazilian Cinema Essays - From Silent Films to the 21st Century. Since 2005, she has run the blog Estranho Encontro, exclusively about Brazilian cinema. She has contributed to Folha de São Paulo, Cinética, Filme Cultura, Rolling Stone and Teorema magazines, as well as dozens of collections and exhibition catalogs. She was curator of Curta Circuito - Mostra de Cinema Permanente, in Belo Horizonte, and of the Franco-German Cineclub at the Maison de France, in Rio de Janeiro.

- Vinícius Reis: Master's degree in the Postgraduate Scene Arts Program at UFRJ's School of Communication. He studied theater at Tablado between 1981 and 1991, where he also worked as assistant director to directors Cacá Mourthé and Maria Clara Machado. With Rosane Svartman, he founded the Cinema Center of the Nós do Morro Group in 1996. He worked there as a teacher of directing and film history until 2010. Since 1994, he has worked as a director and screenwriter for film and TV. He directed the feature films A Cobra Fumou (2002), Praça Saens Peña (2010), Noites de Reis (2013) and Homem Onça (2021).

- Tainá Xavier: PhD from the Graduate Program in Cinema at UFF, she has a degree in Cinema at UFF and a master's degree in Visual Arts from UFRJ's School of Fine Arts. She has worked on production design, art department and art production for over 20 years. She recently signed production design for Paulo Halm's feature film “De pai prá filho”, which is currently being finalized. She is responsible for the production design of series and feature and short films, including the feature films Homem Onça (2021), Noites de Reis (2012) and Praça Saens Peña (2008) by Vinícius Reis and No Meu Lugar (2008) by Eduardo Valente. She took part in the art department of various TV Globo programs from 1998 to 2008. She teaches Cinema and Audiovisual at the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM Rio).

- Rô Nascimento: Costume designer. She develops her work seeking to establish a connection between the actor and the spectator's gaze, applying art, knowledge and love to what she creates.

She has worked with great directors such as Marcelo Gomes (Joaquim and Relato de um Certo Oriente), Jeferson De (Dr. Gama), Fábio Meira (Tia Virgínia), Malú de Martino (Como Esquecer), José Luiz Vilamarim (Redemoinho), João Paulo Jabour (Maria do Caritó) and more than 30 other audiovisual productions. She has won important awards such as the Fénix Prize in Mexico - 2017 and the 23rd. Guarani Award in Brazil - 2017, and has taught costume design courses such as those run by CANNE in the cities of Aracaju, João Pessoa and Rio Branco, bringing her experience to train new professionals.

While studying Fine Arts (UFMG), she fell in love with Animated Film, which, together with the Styling and Garment Modeling course and her work in Fashion for 12 years, allowed her to build virtuosity in the exercise of her profession, guided by OeM (Organization and Methods) techniques acquired in her secondary education.

About the Organizer:

Brada is a collective of Women Production Designers of Brazil founded in 2020 and since then has brought together over 150 women from different regions of the country. The desire and need for collaboration and community led to the formation of the group. The members have a common interest in researching, discussing and promoting the importance of production design in the Brazilian and international spheres, with the goal of seeking equity, solidarity and cooperation in the audiovisual industry. In 3 years, Brada has articulated a series of initiatives dedicated to advocating for the recognition, visibility and appreciation of production design in the construction of visual storytelling, such as roundtable discussions, festival awards, as well as educational and research activities.