Film Screening 1st February, 2024

Charcoal (Carvão) 

7:30 PM, 1st February, 2024

  • MA
  • 108 mins
  • 2022
  • Carolina Markowicz
  • Maeve Jinkings, César Bordón, Jean de Almeida Costa, Aline Marta

In the Brazilian countryside next to a charcoal factory, Irene (Maeve Jinkings) is struggling to hold her poverty-stricken family together as best she can. Her husband is usually out of work or drunk (or both), and their nine-year-old son (Jean de Almeida Costa) is forced to share a room with his ailing grandfather (Benedito Alves), who has been bedridden ever since suffering a stroke.

One day, instead of the usual nurse, a different healthcare worker (Aline Marta Maia) arrives at the house to change her father’s oxygen tank. But it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary nurse when she makes an unusual offer: to euthanise the old man and ‘replace’ him with an Argentinian crime lord (César Bordón) who has faked his own death and needs somewhere to lie low.

The family’s darkly comic dilemma – and their inevitable breakdown – makes Brazilian director Carolina Markowicz’s debut feature an absolute knockout.