Life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia, married and mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbour’s dog. A slice of ‘Braziliana’, a reflection on history, violence and noise.

Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in Recife. He graduated in journalism and has worked extensively as a film critic and also as a film programmer. His short films The Little Cotton Girl (2003), Green Vinyl (2004), Eletrodoméstica (2005), Friday Night Saturday Morning (2006), Cold Tropics (2009) and the documentary Crítico (2008) have won over 100 awards in Brazil and abroad. Neighbouring Sounds is his first fiction feature.




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