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East Coast Premiere

Director: Leonardo Pirondi

Brazil, 2018, 5 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2019


Cast:Cinthia Duo, Martina Mattar

Crew:Writers: Leonardo Pirondi - Producers: Leonardo Pirondi, Marcos Pirondi, Virginia Pirondi


Art unmutes the silenced, questions, accepts, erases borders, brings people together and also, makes us humans.


About the director

Leonardo Pirondi is a filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil, based in Los Angeles, Porto, and São Paulo. His films explore the infinite abyss between the multiple derived versions of reality through documentary, experimental, and narrative modes. Much of his work uses analog and digital manipulations on celluloid to examine the sociopolitical unfoldings of the intersections between imagination, science, myth, and technology.His films have been screened and discussed at film festivals, institutions, and venues internationally, such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London, True/False, Edinburgh, Ambulante, Wexner Center for the Arts, Chicago International, REDCAT, Athens International Film/Video, Vienna Shorts, Centro Cultural São Paulo, CalArts, University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Some of his work exists in the collection of Cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and The Film-Makers' Cooperative in New York. He holds a Film/Video degree from the California Institute of the Arts and is a recipient of the Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts.

Filmmaker's note

(un)MUTE was one of the last projects that I developed while I was living in Brazil. This film is a consequence of my feelings during my last months in São Paulo seeing the political climate that I was leaving behind. The entire project came to be thanks to my to friends Cinthia and Martina. Cinthia and I became really good friends during the shooting of Spark!, which she’s also the main character, and she is also one of the best actresses that I have ever worked with, in fact, I wrote (un)MUTE with her in mind. Martina is a new, but a very good friend who really helped me with production and was an essential part in the scene which she acted. In fact she is now studying with me at CalArts, so this is going to be a long-lasting partnership.

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