Pictures of Ghosts

Pictures of Ghosts

Kleber Mendonça Filho / 2023 / 93 / Brazil

Brazil’s official selection for the 2024 Academy Awards, PICTURES OF GHOSTS, from acclaimed director Kleber Mendonça Filho (BACURAU, AQUARIUS and NEIGHBORING SOUNDS), is a multidimensional journey through time, sound, architecture and filmmaking, set in the urban landscape of Recife, Brazilian coastal capital of Pernambuco: a historical and human territory, examined through the great movie theatres that served as spaces of conviviality during the 20th century. Having hosted dreams and progress, these places have also embodied a major transformation on social practices. Combining archive documentary, mystery, film clips and personal memories, PICTURES OF GHOSTS is a map of a city through the lens of cinema.


A Grasshopper Film and Gratitude Films Co-Release.


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  • "Critic's Pick! An exhilarating documentary... A cleareyed, deeply personal and formally inspired rumination on life, death, family, movies and those complicated, invariably haunted places we call home."

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • “Triumphant! As with Godard and Paris, Fellini and Rome, Scorsese and New York, Mendonca Filho is a filmmaker whose craft is deeply intertwined with his love of a city. What a beautiful thing.”

    — Rafaela Sales Ross, Playlist
  • "PICTURES OF GHOSTS is so lovely and alive that, if anything, it only reassures you that movies aren’t going anywhere."

    — Alison Willmore, Vulture
  • "A lovely, enveloping film."

    — Glenn Kenny,
  • “A heartfelt love letter to filmmaking and film watching the world over.”

    — Lee Marshall, Screen
  • “A celebration… full of hope and wonder. An urgent, moving piece of preservation.”

    — Guiherme Jacobs, IndieWire