A film by Affonso Uchoa, João Dumans
2017, 98 minutes
No. 170


Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook. It’s here that Araby begins, or rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures and loves.

Beautifully written and filmed, Araby is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a twenty-year journey in search of a better life.

* Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam
* Official Selection, New Directors / New Films
* Winner, Special Jury Prize, IndieLisboa
* Official Selection, Viennale Film Festival

"An instant classic. Marked by boundless humanism." - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Araby opens quietly but builds with tremendous emotional force." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"This story within a story unfolds mesmerizingly into a neo-Kerouacian road drama." - Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

"One of the best films of the year." - Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound