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Baracho’s “Los tomatoes de Carmelo” explores solitude and serenity

Brazilian director Danilo Baracho tells the story of Carmelo, an old man with an honest pact with solitude. It hasn’t rained this spring and the soil is too hard. For the first time, Carmelo may not be able to plant his tomatoes.

A simple premise with incredible emotion behind it, “Los tomatoes de Carmelo” has been a featured short film at seven film festivals around the world, including the Medina del Campo Film Festival in Spain and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Baracho  graduated in Audiovisual Communication from University of Salamanca in Spain. He also studied economics and believes in filmmaking as a powerful tool for social change. Last year, Danilo was one of the 20 emerging filmmakers selected by the Toronto International Film Festival for the TIFF Talent Lab and Reykjavik Talent Lab.

His last project “Severo” (Eng.:Harsh) was shoot in 2014 and has been already selected in over 50 film festivals around the world and received important prizes in Europe, Latin America and North America.

For more information on the film, please visit their website, which includes a making of the film and photo gallery.

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Q/A with Danilo Baracho

1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?

In 2008, when I was still studying at the University of Salamanca, I explored for the first time the theme of solitude in the third age on my first short film “Vivencias.” With that experience, I learned a lot and felt the need to re-explore the subject. The story of “Carmelo” is a universal story about family love in times of war. “If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.” – Victor Hugo

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

I enjoyed all the aspects of filmmaking in this project, however, I believe that the online editing aspect has an essential function for building up the story and creating the atmosphere with the colors.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” and Spanish films “La vaquilla” and “Ay, Carmela!”

4. What is your favorite film?

I don’t have a favorite film but from last year, I would say “After the storm” from Hirokazu Koreeda. 

“Los tomatoes de Carmelo” is the third short film of Session #1 premiering Friday, August 25.

2017 MWFF TICKET INFORMATION

Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.

These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.

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