2013, Director (w/ Cao Guimaraes)
Juvenal is a metro driver from Belo Horizonte. Margo, a station controller. Both live in a state of complete solitude --each in a particular way. Juvenal refuses to be alone and strolls through the streets of this metropolis taking comfort by mingling with the anonimous crowd. Margo seeks relief in the virtual world of social networks where she struggles to establish long lasting relations with real persons.
The film portrays Veronica, fresh out of Medical School, born and raised in Recife. Veronica is undergoing a crucial time in her life, a period full of doubts: about her professional choice, her most intimate bondings and her ability to cope with the adult life that lies ahead.
Once Upon a Time was I, Veronica is a fairy-tale in reverse. There are no fairy godmothers, no weddings, no dreams. It is a story that reveals itself through adventures, misfortunes, desires and songs.
2009, Director (w/ Karim Ainouz)
José Renato, a 35-year-old geologist, is sent out on a solitary expedition to the hinterlands of northeastern Brazil. The purpose of the trip is to assess possible routes for a canal that will connect the area with the only major river in the region. As the field trip progresses, it becomes clear that Renato shares with those places the same emptiness, sense of abandonment and isolation.
1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought.