Torino Film Festival

Joao Nicolau – John From #TFF33

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13 min. and 53 sec.

On a hot summer, n teenage girl starts to fantasize about an older neighbour, first out of boredom then with growing obsession.

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13 min. and 53 sec.

Joao Nicolau – director – John From

Joao Nicolau, director of John From, choses to have two different tones in telling us the story of a teenage girl flirting with an older neighbour. Her increasing obsession with the man brings the film form a regular, even close-to-documentary style to a more surreal one, with a stretch to comical situations that could be only in the gilr’s mind. But you’ll never know…

JOHN FROM: Rita is fifteen and this explains a lot. The full-fledged adolescent spends the long, hot summer days with her best friend Sara, doing the usual things people that age do: hairdos to fix and undo, code names to make up for each other, and of course someone to fall head over heels in love with. But instead of the usual high school classmate, the object of her palpitations is a forty-year-old photographer who just inaugurated an exhibit about Melanesia: to Rita, the distance between Portugal and Papua New Guinea is as short as the one between reality and fiction.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Joao Nicolau
  • Interviewee role
    director
  • Film title
    John From
  • Festival section
    Torino 33 - Competition
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