Neighboring Sounds by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil, 2012, 131 min.). An aging patriarch and his sons rule the coastal town of Recife, Brazil, home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them. But when a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a recent spate of petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties, and resentments of a divided society still haunted by its troubled past. Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds is a thrilling debut by a major new voice in world cinema. In Portuguese with English subtitles. A New York Times Critics’ Pick.
"A revelatory debut feature. Mr. Mendonça, a former film critic whose command of the medium is both formidable and subtle. The scope of his movie is narrow, but its ambitions are enormous, and it accomplishes nothing less than the illumination of the peculiar state of Brazilian (and not only Brazilian) society," The New York Times, A.O. Scott.
"But that cacophony also served as inspiration for the director Kleber Mendonça Filho, who decided to give his first feature film, a winner of prizes at festivals in Europe and the United States, the enigmatic title Neighboring Sounds," The New York Times, Larry Rohter
"Beautifully filmed in CinemaScope and strongly acted (especially by Solha), and makes for mesmerizing viewing," New York Post, V.A. Musetto
"I'd put money on the likelihood that Brazil's Kleber Mendonça Filho is on track to become a major filmmaker in the coming years," Film Comment, Gavin Smith.
"A thoroughly modern, film-savvy opus (at times it suggests Cache as directed by Paul Thomas Anderson), steeped equally in dread and humor," Artforum, Dennis Lim
"One of the year's most startling debuts," Filmmaker Magazine, Brandon Harris