directed by Gustavo Pizzi
Original title: Benzinho
2018 | 95 min. | colour | fiction | DCP | Subtitles in English
Co-presented by the Cinema & Arts Media at York University


Thursday, November 1st – 6:30pm – Opening night
– Presented by actress and scriptwriter Karine Teles

Irene is raising four rambunctious sons in a home that is physically crumbling but warm and happy. As she juggles the responsibilities of taking in her recently separated sister Sonia, supporting her husband through a financial crisis and planning her own long-awaited high school graduation, her oldest son Fernando reveals exciting, but sudden news. He has been recruited by a professional handball team in Germany and will be leaving in just three weeks. Gifted caretaker Irene prickles at the idea of emancipating the 16-year-old so he can travel and live alone, while she becomes increasingly anxious about what her future holds.

Cast: Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris, César Troncoso, Mateus Solano

– Script: Gustavo Pizzi and Karine Teles
– Editing: Lívia Serpa
– Direction of Photography: Pedro Faerstein
– Original Sountrack: Dany Roland and Maximiliano Silveira
– Sound: Rafael Alvarez
– Production: Tatiana Leite
– Co-Production: Agustina Chiarino, Fernando Epstein, Rodrigo Letier and Gustavo Pizzi


– Sundance Festival 2018
– CPH PIX 2018
– Transatlantyk Festival: Lodz 2018
– Brazilian Film Festival of Paris 2018

– Gramado Film Festival 2018: Audience Award and Critics Award – Brazilian Competition; Best Actress – Karine Teles; Best Supporting Actress: Adriana Esteves
– Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2018: Best Iberoamerican Film; Special Critics Award