Frighteningly realistic and heart-breaking drama set in Brazil in a dystopian near future.
Brazil, in the near future. An authoritarian and far-right government has left its clear mark on society. The lawyer Antônio (Alfred Enoch, known from the Harry Potter films) leads the work against the newly created Ministry of Return, which has worked out a form for a one-way ticket to Africa for coloured residents with roots from the continent. The very manifestation of how extreme the government is, comes in the form of this going from being «voluntary» emigration to deportation by law. In the highly multicultural Brazil, the new law is met with shock and disbelief, and an underground resistance group is forming to take up the fight against the new law. Antônio must seek refuge and is heartbreakingly separated from his wife Capitu (Taís Araújo).
Executive Order is based on Aldri Anunciação's play Namíbia, Não, and takes a strong political punch in the direction of the Bolsonaro government's constant attacks on minorities in Brazil. The film won the award for best screenplay at both the Huelva Latin American Film Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and is a terrifying, riveting and visually striking example of how wrong things can turn out when basic human rights are given up.
Lázaro Rasmos (b. 1978) is a Brazilian director from the Bahia region. He is primarily known as one of the country's greatest actors. He first made a name for himself as the main role in Karim Aïnouz's Madame Satã (2002). He has been married to actor Taís Araújo since 2011. Executive Order is his first feature film as a director. Flávia Lacerda has several years of experience as artistic director and director for several TV series.
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Original title Medida Provisória
Director Lázaro Ramos, Flávia Lacerda
Screenplay Lusa Silvestre, Lázaro Ramos, Aldri Anunciação, Elísio Lopes Jr.
Cinematography Adrian Teijido
Producer Daniel Filho, Tânia Rocha
Cast Alfred Enoch, Seu Jorge, Taís Araújo, Aldri Anunciação
Runtime 1h 43m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Suspense
Age limit 15