Mateus Almada and Mauricio Barcellos – Actors – Seashore (Beira-Mar)
FRED’s Angelo Acerbi meets Mateus Almada and Mauricio Barcellos, the actors of Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s film Seashore (Beira-Mar), which was presented in the Forum section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
Mateus and Mauricio share with us their delight in being part of Seashore, and tell us what attracted them to the project and what connected them to the characters they portrayed. They also share with us their views on relationships and why they think “adults” are wrong in making them more complex and problematic than they should be.
Plot: Having been good friends for years, Martin and Tomaz now find themselves on the cusp of adulthood. Martin’s father sends his son to southern Brazil, where the family is from, to sort out an inheritance matter. Tomaz accompanies him there. For both of them, the brief excursion to the coastal town becomes a journey into themselves. It’s not just the sea that nearly reaches the doors of the country house which exerts a slow, yet relentless pull on them – the two friends have the same effect on one other. Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s richly atmospheric, autobiographically inspired feature debut follows its two main characters on a weekend that will change their relationship forever. Seashore (Beira-Mar) is a wander through the borderlands between love and friendship, exploring sexual orientation and personal identity. The outstanding camerawork picks up on the protagonists’ complex emotional states in the same way as the soundtrack captures the roaring of the sea: gentle and powerful in equal measure. Always on an equal footing with the subject and the characters, the film creates a moment of magic and tenderness. Looking for love and finding it are sometimes one and the same thing.