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A son takes his mother to find the truth behind the disappearance of his father 35 years ago and finds unexpected truths in himself.
A son takes his mother to find the truth behind the disappearance of his father 35 years ago and finds unexpected truths in himself.
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 'VANESCER' is a simple story about reconciliation, set in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it's the story of a mother and son's journey to uncover the truth about their past and start a new chapter together.

THE STORY //      TUCCO, is driving his elderly mother, VERA, from a small town in the country to central Sao Paulo City to view the newly released state documents that will finally reveal the truth behind the disappearance of his father in 1978, under Brazil’s Military dictatorship.

The two don’t see many things eye to eye and have different feelings towards the choices Tucco’s father made 35 years ago. Vera has spent those years proudly grieving her martyred husband. Tucco has grown up feeling compared to a man he feels abandoned him, who put his country before his family, leaving his mum to struggle alone.

Over the course of the journey, trapped with his mother in the car, Tucco begins to appreciate her perspective. When they arrive, and Tucco learns the gravity of the situation, will he also be able to forgive his father?

Through a mother son relationship, VANESCER explores the tension between duty to country and duty to family.

DIRECTORS STATEMENT //     “In VANESCER, I wanted to explore how national political reconciliation would trickle down to an individual level. How would finally being ‘allowed’ the truth impact the lives of family members who have lived without knowledge or justice for so long?

I began to wonder how children of the "disappeared" would feel. - Would they feel proud? Would they feel abandoned? Would they feel their parent had prioritise politics over them? Could they sympathise with the drive to stand up for what you believe in - to fight for a better future even at the cost of their family in the present?

This dichotomy is not unique to Brazil’s history; it occurs universally when people fight for a cause at the risk of their own lives, and those of their families. Although Tucco and Vera’s story is fictitious, it is based on research of various accounts and stories of the relatives of the ‘disappeared.' With VANESCER, I’m not interested in exposing the political situation; I want to explore how uncovering the past and learning the truth may bring up very different emotions for each of them on a personal level.

But it's not all doom and gloom, at the heart of the story our two main characters meet vibrant personalities on route and learn to laugh together, enjoy each others differences, and even sing a little (badly)."

INSPIRATIONS // Initially we were inspired by the idea of capturing the vibrancy of Brazilian culture, people and landscapes.  To achieve this we plan to shoot in a very realistic and naturalistic style, to let the characters and the country sing for themselves. The physical 'set' of the car itself is the perfect vehicle to allow us to blur the boundary between documentary and fiction. The 'backdrop' to the journey will encapsulate real people and real environments from rural to city scape.

LOCATIONS //   As Tucco & Vera's journey develops throughout the film so will the intensity of their surroundings from sleepy rural town to the bustling chaos of the city. We want to showcase these landscapes, and the people who make them throughout the film to really capture an authentic slice of Brazil today. 

Since this is a UK & Brazilian co-production, we have the advantage of a foreign Director & DOP who are able to look at the environment with fresh and excited eyes and a talented local crew to ensure we are authentic throughout.

UK & BRAZILIAN CO-PRODUCTION  // This is a really exciting time to be working in Brazil, with the World Cup and the Olympics about to happen, there is a real buzz as Brazil establishes a dominant global presence.  With VANESCER  both the UK & Brazilian collaborators are keen to engage the audience with a more naturalistic slice of Brazil today, exploring the authentic people and places of contemporary Sao Paulo. 

The story and its development were conceived from afar, but preproduction and the shoot itself all takes place in Sao Paulo, after which we return to London for all our post production. At every stage we are working with both British and Brazilian collaborators.

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT //  All your money will go straight into the production; our flights and accommodation have already been covered either by sponsorship, donated air-miles or our own investments. We are committed to telling this story with the best production value we can, but this costs money. 

We have had some great discounted offers on kit which will stretch our budget further, and our highly talented crew are all on board for love of the project, but we still have a lot of to cover.  From production logistics all the way through to the finishing touches of post production your money will allow us to make the film we strive to deliver. All support large or small will help us.

So far we've got a really talented and committed crew from both the UK and Brazil on board:

CAST ///  We have just began casting for our lead roles and have met some fantastic talent so far, You can keep updated as the rest of our cast and crew develop through our facebook and twitter feeds:

Facebook/VanescerFilm

Twitter.com/VANESCERfilm

Versão em Português:

Um filho leva a mãe para encontrar a verdade por trás do desaparecimento de seu pai há 35 anos atrás e descobre verdades inesperadas sobre si mesmo.

 ‘VANESCER’ é uma história simples sobre reconciliação, que se passa em São Paulo, Brasil. E a história da viagem de uma mãe e seu filho em busca da verdade sobre seus passados, para juntos poderem começar um novo capitulo em suas vidas.

A HISTÓRIA / / Tucco e sua mãe, Vera, viajam de carro de uma pequena cidade do interior de São Paulo ate a capital, para que ela possa ver os últimos arquivos da ditadura divulgados pelo Estado, e que finalmente poderão ajudar a revelar a verdade sobre o desaparecimento do pai de Tucco ocorrido em 1978, durante o regime militar no Brasil.
 Os dois tem opiniões divergentes sobre o assunto, principalmente sobre os sentimentos em relação as escolhas feitas pelo pai de Tucco há 35 anos atrás.
 

Vera passou todos esses anos orgulhosamente de luto e martirizando seu marido. Tucco cresceu se sentindo abandonado por um homem que colocou seu país acima de sua família, abandonando sua mãe em uma luta solitária. 
Durante a viagem, confinado no carro com sua mãe, Tucco começa a apreciar a perspectiva dela. Quando eles chegarem no seu destino e Tucco conhecer a verdade, será que ele conseguirá perdoar seu pai?
 Através da relação entre mãe e filho, VANESCER explora a tensão entre o dever para com o seu país e o dever para com sua família.

CONSIDERAÇÕES DO DIRETOR / / Em VANESCER, quero explorar como questões políticas nacionais podem recair sobre um nível individual. Como é que, finalmente, ao ser divulgada a verdade, isso poderia impactar a vida dos membros das famílias que vivem há tanto tempo sem justiça? Embora a história de Tucco e Vera seja fictícia, ela se baseia em vários relatos e histórias de parentes dos “desaparecidos” . 

Como o filho e esposa de um “desaparecido”, suas experiências, sentimentos e percepções do passado podem diferir em muito.  Começei a me perguntar como os filhos dos " desaparecidos " se sentem . – Será que eles se sentem orgulhosos? Será que eles se sentem abandonados? Será que eles acham que seus pais priorizaram a política sobre eles? Eles poderiam se simpatizar com a idéia de defender até o fim os valores nos quais acreditam? Eles lutariam por um futuro melhor, mesmo à custa do presente de suas famílias? 

 Com VANESCER, não estou interessada em explorar a situação política, quero explorar como o fato de descobrir o passado e aprender a verdade pode trazer emoções muito diferentes a cada um dos envolvidos. Uma intensa oficina com o elenco antes das filmagens é o meu método de trabalho preferido e neste projeto não será diferente. A fim de retratar as complexidades da relação mãe e filho de forma convincente, farei um ensaio com TUCCO e VERA por três semanas antes das filmagens, focando na construção de um diálogo familiar único e nos pequenos detalhes da relação dos dois, desenvolvendo assim o núcleo da história.

LOCALIZAÇÃO / / Conforme a viagem e a relação entre Tucco e Vera se desenrola ao longo do filme a intensidade do arredores também se mostrará presente, da pacata cidade rural ao caos do movimentado centro urbano. Quero mostrar as paisagens e as pessoas que irão, ao longo do filme, realmente capturar uma fatia autêntica do Brasil de hoje. Como esta é uma co-produção Brasil – Reino Unido, temos a vantagem de ter um diretor e um diretor de fotografia estrangeiros, que serão capazes de olhar para o ambiente com novos olhos e uma equipe local talentosa para garantir a autenticidade das cenas.

UMA CO-PRODUÇÃO BRASIL/REINO UNIDO / / Este é um momento muito excitante para se trabalhar no Brasil, com a Copa do Mundo e as Olimpíadas prestes a acontecer, há um zumbido real de como o Brasil vem se estabelecendo como uma presença global dominante. Com VANESCER, tanto a equipe do Reino Unido como os colaboradores brasileiros, estão ansiosos para entregar ao público uma fatia mais naturalista do Brasil de hoje, explorando a autenticidade das pessoas e os locais da São Paulo contemporânea.

ONDE SEU DINHEIRO SERA GASTO / / Todo o seu dinheiro vai direto para a produção; nossos vôos e alojamento já foram cobertos por patrocínio, doação de milhas aéreas ou com nossos próprios investimentos. Estamos empenhados em contar esta história com o melhor valor de produção possível, mas isso tudo custa dinheiro.

Estamos pedindo a investidores para apoiar este projeto em vários níveis. Você pode ver abaixo como seu dinheiro será gasto. Qualquer dinheiro arrecadado acima desse orçamento será investido na maximização do valor de produção e na ampliação do alcance do filme no circuito de festivais internacionais.

Pré-produção: • Teste e preparação de elenco • Produção de locações

Produção (7 diárias de filmagens): • Equipamentos de Camera e Luz • Equipamentos de movimento e fixação de câmera • Captação de audio • Figurino e maquiagem • Tranporte e despesas de logistica • Seguro de produção

Pós-produção: • Edição • Edição de audio e trilha sonora • Sound mix 5.1 • Grade

Divulgação: • DCP (cópia do filme para os festivais)

Estamos comprometidos a trabalhar com uma equipe de talentos locais interessados em se beneficiar da oportunidade de trabalhar em uma co-produção entre Brasil e Reino Unido. Nosso relacionamento com a Southside, nossa co-produtora no Brasil, permite VANESCER o acesso a uma rede de conexões já estabelecida de colaboradores e fornecedores em São Paulo. Acreditamos e estamos preparados para nos beneficiar disto podendo assim administrar nosso orçamento da melhor maneira possível e direcionar nossos investimentos com mais precisão.

 ELENCO / / / Nós já iniciamos a procura por atores talentosos para os papéis principais e já tivemos contato com alguns profissionais com grande experiência, você pode manter-se atualizado como o resto do nosso elenco e equipe irão se desenvolver ao longo desse processo através do nosso facebook e twitter:

 

Facebook / VanescerFilm

Twitter.com / VANESCERfilm

Risks and challenges

By its very nature, film making is always challenging and full of risks, and perhaps thats what keeps driving us to do bigger and better productions. VANESCER faces all the same challenges as any short drama but what makes it a particularly exciting and ambitious project is the fact that it is a truly international collaboration.

Initial conception, development and pre-production all started in London. We are currently in pre-production locally in Sao Paulo where we will shoot at the end of May, to return to London for all post production in June & July.

As such, we have already tackled some unique communication and logistical issues, especially in terms of workflow since we are not all in the same country or time zones. Skype meetings at unusual hours has become the norm and is just one more example of how committed the pre-production crew have been to this project so far. But there are always unexpected hurdles to overcome, and that is part of the challenge in any production.

Shooting on the streets of Central Sao Paulo also offers some unique challenges to the production. Luckily, we have Anderson Lopes on hand; a very experienced local producer to guide us through the chaos of such a bustling city. We are not naive to the challenges of those particular locations, however, this chaos is also imperative to the vibrancy and energy of the city that we are so keen to capture and show to the world.

All of these challenges, adventures will shape the production and we will be keeping all of our Kickstarter supporters up-to date with the adventure during the production, sharing stills and "making of stories,' through our facebook and twitter accounts. Follow / Like / Support us!

www.twitter.com/VANESCERfilm
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vanescer-Film/784981698197891

To contact us directly or if you have any other questions, we haven't answered here please feel free to contact us: anderson@southsideproductions.com
colette@colettemcwilliams.com

Thanks for reading and any support you can offer!

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    Thanks for getting the ball rolling! As well as our ETERNAL GRATITUDE, you will get your name celebrated on our VANESCER website as a much appreciated supporter, and you are invited to receive regular updates on our progress throughout the production and beyond.

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    DIRECT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - Once the film has run its festival circuit we will send you a digital download of the finished film for you to keep, but in the meantime we will send you a personalised VANESCER THANK YOU CARD (PDF) for you to print and keep as tangible evidence of your support in our project.
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    NAMES NOT ENOUGH? - We will write ANY message of your choice on one of Brazils Sandy Beaches (during the World Cup) and send you a photo for you to show your friends you were part of it! (limited words apply).
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    ADVANCED SCREENER: You will get password protected access to an online screener once the film is finished for a limited time.
    PLUS A Handwritten Thank you postcard snail-mailed from the cast & crew all the way from Sao Paulo Brazil, to you personally.
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    ITS OFFICIAL! You get an Official Special Thanks in our credits, PLUS a Handwritten Thank you postcard snail-mailed from the cast & crew all the way from Sao Paulo Brazil, to you personally.
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    THE FULL PACKAGE: As a major player its only right you should have an exclusive DVD Pack once the film is completed, as well as an official SPECIAL THANKS in our credits. This is package is EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter and to you as a key member of the VANESCER crew.
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    PART OF THE TEAM - This level of commitment and faith in VANESCER confirms your status as part of the VANESCER team. You will be invited to a UK screening of the film and of course an official SPECIAL THANKS in our credits, receive a digital copy of the shooting script, all film artwork
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    YOU ARE A TEAM LEGEND! This level of support and faith in VANESCER confirms your status as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. You will receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film AND IMDB. We will send you an exclusive DVD Pack once the film is completed with a handwritten thankyou card from the cast and crew in Sao Paulo. This is EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter and to you as a major donor and a key member of the VANESCER crew. (Plus: ADVANCED SCREENER, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD post festival circuit, Cast & Crew Thankyou Video, Digital Film Artwork, Thank you FB & Twitter & a SPECIAL THANKS on our website & OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE).

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    This film couldn't be made without you! We would like to invite you to a UK Screening with the director and UK crew, as our Associate Producer, not only in our credits but in IMDB too.
    PLUS our crew mum, Lucia, has kindly invited you for dinner at hers if you happen to make it to Guararema, SP, Brazil.
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    YOU ARE US! You have had a major impact on our production but not just behind the scenes - You get to choose up to 3 key elements of the film such as the name of our "disappeared" character (multiple choice only),
    PLUS: You get the surprise Brazil bumper pack: including key props from the film and a Sao Paulo survival kit designed & collected by the crew throughout the film's road trip.
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