Brazil / 2017 / 98 minutes / NR

Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook, and it’s here that Araby begins — or, rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures, and loves. Beautifully written and filmed, Araby is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a ten-year journey in search of a better life.

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  • Director

    Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans

  • Cast

    Aristides de Sousa
    Murilo Caliari
    Glaucia Vandeveld
    Renato Novaes

  • "Araby opens quietly but builds with tremendous emotional force."

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "An instant classic. Marked by boundless humanism."

    — Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "One of the best films of the year."

    — Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound
  • "This story within a story unfolds mesmerizingly into a neo-Kerouacian road drama."

    — Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
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