PENDULAR -The Berlin Film Festival Winner, Will Open Today, Today
Pendular, Julia Murat's "Exhilarating and exquisite" (Slant Magazine) examination of the correlation between love and art, debuts Friday, November 30, 2018, exclusively at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago
Acclaimed Brazilian director Julia Murat's ("Found Memories") fascinating and beatific drama will have its US theatrical debut in Chicago on Friday, November 30, 2018, at The Facets Cinematheque. An Official Selection of the New Directors/New Films Festival, AFI Fest and the Seattle International Film Festival, Pendular stars actress and professional dancer Raquel Karro and Rodrigo Bolzan as artists whose cohabitation in a singular loft leads to unexpected and beguiling results.
In an empty loft a woman (Karro) and a man (Bolzon) stick orange-colored tape to the floor to demarcate two identically sized areas: one space is to be her dance studio and the other his sculpture workshop. An open plan kitchen and a mattress turn the place into a home. We observe them fusing in sexual passion, playing soccer with friends or partying, after which they always retreat behind their dividing lines as a means to spur their creativity. Before long, he begins to use her space for his large sculptures, and she uses them for her choreography. This interplay between intimacy and rivalry means that the couple are constantly exploring themselves anew. One day she catches sight of the end of a steel rope, an installation that leads outside and would appear to extend throughout the city. As she makes her way toward the other end of the rope, he experiences a growing desire to have a child with her.
"An uncommonly good sense of the artist's life" (The Hollywood Reporter), Pendular playfully explores two lovers' desire to belong. Their past and their longing for each other begin to challenge both their artistic identities as well as their identity as a couple.