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Monday, Oct. 2, Méliès Cinema, 7:00 p.m.
(REPEAT) Tuesday, Oct. 3, Zenith Cinema, 4:45 p.m.

Film details

Direction:Camilo Santos Cavalcante

Productor:Camilo Cavalcante

Screenplay:Eli Ramos e Camilo Cavalcante

Executive productors:Alba Azevedo e Eduardo Lurnel

Cinematography:Beto Martins

Editing:Fernando Coster

Sound:Moabe Filho

Mixing:Gera Vieira

Reserch: João Paulo Soares e Guilherme César

Original soundtrack: Amaro Freitas

Sound editing: Montaggio del suono

Direction assistant: Marco Escrivão

Production assistant: Renata Jardim

Graphic design: Marcelo do Ó


In the city of São Paulo, we follow people from different worlds who inhabit the same street, in the forgotten center of the metropolis, where life pulsates latently and rebuilds itself every day.
An ever changing street, Rua Aurora has been home to high quality fabric stores, bars and restaurants frequented by famous artists and musicians, turned itself into a neighborhood populated by independent cinemas and movie theaters until it became home of several homeless residents. Since 2012, these residents have emptied the properties which have been occupied by crack users. The old buildings, deteriorated by time, have become homes for foreigners and migrants who have become accustomed to living with prostitution and crime. Aurora Street - Refuge of All Worlds draws a contemporary portrait of the relationship between people who work and live on Aurora Street and find there a space for sharing dreams, ideas and the struggle for survival amid the chaos of crime and drug trafficking.

Director's notes

In 1825, Rua Santo Elesbão was renamed Rua Aurora. During the ‘40/’50s, the area was home to fabric stores frequented by a wealthy clientele and several bars and restaurants arrived in the area. In the following years Aurora Street was home to several movie theaters managed by important studios, such as Paramount, and the area became known as Boca do Lixo. In the last twenty years, the atmosphere of the street has undergone a profound change. The old houses of neoclassical architecture have turned into tenements occupied by homeless residents, foreigners and migrants and occupied by crack users.The intention of the film is to capture the feeling of this place through its actors. What did they leave behind? What makes this street a better place to live than their places of origin? It is thought-provoking to think about what motivates them to have chosen a place of belonging like Aurora Street, which was once the cradle of bohemia, the setting for Boca do Lixo films, and today is known for prostitution and drug trafficking.

Camilo Santos Cavalcante

Born in Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil), Camilo Cavalcante is a producer, screenwriter and director with a 25-year career. In 2014, he wrote, produced and directed The History Of Eternity, his first feature film, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and received 28 awards, also participating in several events such as Mostra Internacional de São Paulo, Havana Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Ayacucho Film Festival, Cineteca de México, Fest IN Lisboa, Ourense Film Festival, among others. In 2020, the original script of the film was published in book form by CEPE - Companhia Editora de Pernambuco being a finalist for the Jabuti Award in the arts category.
In 2020 he produced, wrote and directed his second fiction feature film, King Kong En Asunciòn. Filmed in Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil, the production won 16 awards, including Best Film (Official Jury) and Audience Award at the Gramado Film Festival. Besides being shown in Mexico, Paraguay, England, USA, Chile, Portugal, and Spain, the film was launched in the commercial circuit in Brazil in 2021 and in the streamings NET NOW, Oi Play, and VIVO Play in 2022, besides being part of the Emirates airlines collection.
He also produced and directed the documentary BECO (2019), which premiered at the São Paulo International Film Festival and was selected for the PerSo-Perugia Social Film Festival, in Italy. In partnership with Cláudio Assis, he directed the documentary I Go Back (2007), with incentive from the Rumos Program, promoted by Itaú Cultural.
He is also script writer, producer and director of 14 short films, among which Hambre Hombre (1997); Os Dois Velhinhos (1997); Leviata (1999); Matarás (1999); Alma Cega (1998); Amore (1999); Ave Maria Ou Mãe Dos Oprimidos (2003); O Velho, O Mar E O Lago (2000); A História Da Eternidade (2003); Rapsódia Para Um Homem Comum (2005); The President Of The United States (2007); Ave Maria Ou Mãe Dos Sertanejos (2009) and My Way (2010). Altogether, these productions received more than 130 awards in exhibitions and audiovisual festivals in Brazil and abroad.
For theater, he directed the monologue O Cão Sem Plumas (2009), from the poem by João Cabral de Melo Neto. In the field of art installations, he produced and realized Retratos (2016), in permanent exhibition at Cais do Sertão Museum, in Recife; Lume (2018) and Samsa Was Here (2022) that were exhibited at the University of Beira Interior and New Hand Lab, in Portugal. He also made the installation Que O Sangue Derramado Seja Semente Da Liberdade (2023), in an exhibition at the Democracy Memorial, in Recife.


Awards and Festivals
28º. É Tudo Verdade (It’s All True) – São Paulo International Documentary Film Festival

Camilo Cavalcante