Brazilian artist and filmmaker Ana Vaz is a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Le Fresnoy. She was also a member of the School of Political Arts, a project directed by Bruno Latour. Her films, installations and performances have been shown in festivals and institutions such as Locarno, Berlinale, Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, NYFF, Courtisane and Cinéma du réel (where she received the Grand Prix for Short Film for her film Ha Terra! in 2016).
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Ana Vaz twists reality with her literally mind-boggling skills as an editor. She takes us on a stroll in a city that isn’t quite what it should be, at night, one that is laden with colors, in which boas, owls and monkeys loom, as a voice warns us through a patrol radio. As one slowly approaches one inevitable fall, the director enquires about her urban surroundings and its limits, or rather its separations, with the living. In this film, animals are slowly taking over this fortress of a city. Is it an environmental take, a mystical sign or an acute sense of post-pandemic reality? An experience that borders on a dream, É Noite na América challenges the audience who, deprived of any answer, must yield to his sensations.