|Scene from A Wolf at the Door
Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra’s debut feature film, A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da porta), was the big winner at Miami International Film Festival’s 31st edition, nabbing the coveted Knight Grand Jury Prize and Best Director awards in the Knight Competition, which features first-time feature filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Based on a real-life event in suburban Rio, the multilayered pulse-pounder follows compelling characters as they chase their suspicions to frightening heights. Most impressive to the critics was this drama’s ability to combine human emotion with animal instinct.
|A Wolf at the Door poster; director Fernando Coimbra in the spotlight at MIFF 2014 (Regal South Beach)
Coimbra dabbles with ideas of hell, as it hath no fury like a woman scorned. When the clingy mistress of unfaithful husband Bernardo decides to play the kidnapping game, frustration and fear take over in the struggle to recover his daughter. Coimbra masterfully depicts a creepy transition from play-fighting to real crime in a film which tackles a heavy theme: consequences. In A Wolf at the Door, first impressions are flimsy. What initially seems harmless can ultimately lead to ruin.
Previously scooping awards for Best Brazilian Film at Rio Film Festival, and the Horizons Award for Best Film at San Sebastián Film Festival, A Wolf at the Door
is set to land in cinemas in its native Brazil on May 29th. If you haven’t yet caught on to the film that’s quickly developing a high profile, stay tuned for a US release later this summer! —Tatyana Chiocchetti
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