• Master, a Building in Copacabana, Eduardo Coutinho (Brazil, 2002)

Master, a Building in Copacabana

(Edifício Master)

When Eduardo Coutinho spends a week talking to tenants in an enormous lower middle-class Rio de Janeiro apartment building called the Master, he captures the stories of many colorful lives. As the film crew navigates through the twelve-story, 267-apartment building, we become privy to awkward confessions, candid tears, boastful poetry readings, and long-winded evenings of karaoke. Master’s warm and affectionate look at a few gifted storytellers makes it much more than a nuts-and-bolts talking-heads documentary—director Coutinho captures their melancholy, hopes, regrets, and pride, along with their performances.

SFIFF 2004
  • Jacques Cheuiche
  • Portuguese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 110 mins
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