A film by Kleber Mendonça Filho
2023, 93 minutes
No. 424

A wondrous ode to movies and movie-going, Pictures of Ghosts, from acclaimed director Kleber Mendonca Filho (Bacurau, Aquarius, Neighboring Sounds), is a multidimensional journey through time, sound, architecture and filmmaking, set in the urban landscape of Recife, Brazilian coastal capital of Pernambuco: a historical and human territory, examined through the great movie theatres that served as spaces of conviviality during the 20th century. 

Having hosted dreams and progress, these places have also embodied a major transformation on social practices. Combining archive documentary, mystery, film clips and personal memories, Pictures of Ghosts is a map of a city through the lens of cinema.

Winner, Best Documentary, Lima Film Festival
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
Official Selection, Chicago International FIlm Festival

      “Critic’s Pick! Love suffuses Pictures of Ghosts, a cleareyed, deeply personal and formally inspired rumination on life, death, family, movies and those complicated, invariably haunted places we call home…. An exhilarating documentary about specters onscreen and off… Steeped in Mendonça Filho’s seemingly boundless cinephilia.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

    “A celebration… full of hope and wonder. An urgent, moving piece of preservation.”Guiherme Jacobs, IndieWire

      “A heartfelt love letter to filmmaking and film watching the world over.”Lee Marshall, Screen

        “Triumphant! As with Godard and Paris, Fellini and Rome, Scorsese and New York, Mendonca Filho is a filmmaker whose craft is deeply intertwined with his love of a city. What a beautiful thing.”Rafaela Sales Ross, Playlist