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Curupira and the machine of the destiny


Filmed in Amazonas, Brazil, on the roads Estrada Fantasma (Phantom Road) BR-319, Transamazônica BR-230 and in the real village of Realidade (Reality), Curupira and the machine of the destiny is the encounter in the present time between the creature curupira, protectress of the forests of Brazil, and the incarnated ghost of Iracema, a 14-year-old prostitute, fictional character in the film Iracema - uma transa amazônica (1974, Jorge Bodanzky and Orlando Senna).

Iracema’s ghost sets out on his quest at the crossroads of the straight roads of Amazonas to find curupira and avenge the future. Curupira and the machine of the destiny films the reality of 2021 Brazil and the ravage of Amazonia forest, shaped in the form of cattle, wood and soya. It is a portrait of the cyclical history and story of Brazil in favour of a so-called progress.

The Phantom Road is a scar that cuts through the earth, opened like a wound during the civic-military dictatorship that ensnared Brazil in the cries of order and progress. The asphalt rebar BR-319 that sticks the country was built, destroyed and is now drowning in a process of reconstruction. Warm ruin of an addicted future.

Director's filmography: Licantropia (Lycanthropy) (2019), Ventura (2018), Lobisomem (Werewolf) (2016), De Carne e Ferro (Of Iron and Flesh) (2017), Criatura (Creature) (2016), Farandole (Horse and Car) (2016), Mortinhos (Little Dead Ones) (2013), Progresso (Progress) (2014), Terreno (Land) (2014), The Sickness of Death (2012)


  • Director Janaina Wagner
  • Country Brazil
  • Year 2021
  • Duration 25 min


Eco-spectrality: Residual Fabulations (N/C 15+)

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