THE MAN OF THE YEAR


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O homem do ano

Brazil, 2003, 115 min

Shown in 2003

CREDITS

dir
José Henrique Fonseca
prod
Flávio R. Tambellini, Leonardo Monteiro de Barros, José Henrique Fonseca
scr
Rubem Fonseca
cam
Breno Silveira
editor
Sérgio Mekler
mus
Dado Villa-Lobos
cast
Murilo Benício, Claudia Abreu, Natália Lage, Jorge Dória

OTHER

source
Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV, Rue Capitão Salomão 42, Humaitá, Rio de Janeiro 22271-040, Brazil. FAX: 55-21-2266-3637. EMAIL: braziliancinema@braziliancinema.com.
premiere
North American Premiere

COMMENTS

Skyy Prize contender. José Henrique Fonseca in person.
The Man of the Year

Fate, violence and peroxide tint José Henrique Fonseca’s The Man of the Year, an atmospheric film set on Brazil’s besieged city streets. Gazing into a mirror at the salon, Máiquel (a brooding and volatile Murilo Benício) glimpses a new personality lurking behind his freshly bleached platinum blonde hair. And when the notorious local thug Suel mocks Máiquel’s flaxen locks, he defends his coiffure with lethal force. Suddenly, Máiquel is the talk of the neighborhood, enjoying the affection of his hairstylist Cledir (Claudia Abreu) as well as gifts and favors from local residents who suffered under Suel’s vicious criminal caprice. But the eccentric Dr. Carvahlo and his association of wealthy businessmen have plans to transform Máiquel’s sudden act of violence into a new vocation: assassin. When Suel’s teenage girlfriend demands Máiquel take care of her, he must choose between the stability of life as husband and pet store employee and one of wealth and respect as a vigilante for hire. Breno Silveira’s liquid camerawork underscores the mood of decay and corruption in Fonseca’s sleek first feature. Based on Patricia Melo’s novel The Killer, The Man of the Year is a potent examination of one man’s attempt to alter the forces of destiny and the fungibility of violence and status.

—Aaron Lazenby