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The Death Of J.P. Cuenca

The Death Of J.P. Cuenca

João Paulo Cuenca, 90 min.

Brazil, 2015

The Death Of J.P. Cuenca

A young author's autobiographical film about his own death – and the attempt to solve it.

In July 2008, the young Brazilian writer – and now also filmmaker – João Paulo Cuenca was told the news of his own death. A true story about doppelgangers and identity theft, as if taken out of a delirious piece of pulp literature, and a plot that Cuenca tries to solve while also embellishing the fiction of his labyrinthine meta-docu-noir of a debut film. Where a living person would otherwise adopt a dead man's identity to start a new life, the opposite is the case here: a man steals another person's identity to die in his place. Interviews with those involved, mysterious telephone calls and a steamy love affair with a mysterious woman all take place against an urban and modernist background of a Rio de Janeiro undergoing great changes in the run-up to the football World Cup, where the bulldozers of gentrification are well underway to eradicate the city's history. Cuenca's autobiographic detective film is a Chinese box of stories, which like in a short story by Borges is made up of deceitful layers. Composed like a work of architecture, edited like a text and presented as a film.

International Premiere
Director: João Paulo Cuenca
Original Title: A Morte de J.P. Cuenca
Country: Brazil
Year: 2015
Running time: 90 min
Language: English subtitles
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Producer: Mariana Jannuzzi
Production Company: Duas Mariola Filmes
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