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Ana Rocha de Sousa – Listen #Venezia77

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Ana Rocha de Sousa, director of the film Listen.

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A conversation with director Ana Rocha de Sousa, who presented her feature debut Listen in the Orizzonti section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. In this film, she talks about the difficult and seldom explored theme of forces adoptions, as well as where, particularly because this is a topic seldom explored in cinema, she sought inspiration to structure a story around it. She also discusses how, while the film was conceived before Brexit, the film has now picked up more layers of meaning and more.

Listen: In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their children. The film portrays the tireless battle of these immigrant parents against the law to keep their family together.

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    Matt Micucci
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    Ana Rocha de Sousa
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