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Directed by Muriel Paraboni

A fisherman throws himself into unknown waters, where fish have long gone,
wrapped in silent mystery. In this journey without return the landscape
sometimes assumes the role of the other and the other soon reveals the reverse
or a mirror of him self in the ineluctable solitude of the horizon.

Short | Arthouse | 15′ | 2019

Directed by Muriel Paraboni 

Performed by Lilian Maus and José Ricardo de Queiróz

Photography: Marcus Jung
Music: Edu Bocchese

Screenplay and Edition: Muriel Paraboni
Sound Design: Muriel Paraboni
Post-Production: Muriel Paraboni


Passage is a result of the partnership between artists Muriel Paraboni and Lilian Maus. It is based
on Lilian´s research around the lagoons of Osorio, involving myths, reports, fictional and real characters
that helped to structure and shape the script. The film was created from shooting a year of sucessive
performances by Lilian Maus herself and the fisherman José Ricardo de Queiróz in the lagoons region.

The processes of writing, editing and post-production took place in parallel to the filmmaking, in an open
movement that was fed by the performance actions and successive encounters with the landscape,
but also returning to it with references that came from both the Eastern cinema and landscape painting,
through phenomenology and poetry, until a cohesive poetic and conceptual set was obtained.


Exploding Cinema | The Printworks – Hastings, UK – AUG 2022
Fotogenia Festival Internacional de Cinepoesía – Mexico City, Mexico – 2022
Best Sound Design | Wica Toronto – World Independent Cinema Awards – Cinecapsule – Toronto, Canada – 2022
Shinano Art Sense Festival – Nishimaru Shinya Memorial Hall – Omachi, Japan – 2021
Bologna In Lettere Festival – FactoryBO / Online – Bologna, Italy – 2021
Commented Screening | Casa Eva – Campinas, Brazil – 2020
Commented Screening | Sala Redenção – UFRGS – Porto Alegre, Brazil – 2019
Commented Screening | Pinacoteca Aldo Locatelli – Porto Alegre, Brazil – 2019
Finalist | Lisbon Film Redezvous – Lisbon, Portugal – 2019
Semi-finalist | New Harvest Film Festival – Moscow, Russia – 2019
Bogotá Experimental Film Festival – Bogotá, Colombia – 2019
Semi-finalist | The Alternative Film Festival – Toronto, Canada – 2019
Aura Contempory Art Gallery – São Paulo, Brazil – 2018


Passage is freely inspired by the legend of the bride of Lagoa dos Barros, dating back to countless popular stories observed since the colonial period and arriving in the 20th century with the death of young Maria Luiza Häussler by her fiance, Heinz Werner João Schmeling, who hid the body in Lagoa dos Barros, Osorio, Southern Brazil, in August 1940.

Local myths were added to the omnipresence of the missing bride. The dangerous currents of the lagoons, the supposed disappearance of the fish and the persistent wind are some of the elements that helped shape the script, whose structure remained open

to the performances, these in turn stoned by the poetic references of the project.

The conceptual and formal design of the film occurred with the visual integration of the myths and reports of the region with philosophical and poetic excerpts, among which was definitely the poem “In the forest of alienation”, by Fernando Pessoa, that gave voice to the encounter of the characters through the mysterious landscape of Lagoa dos Barros.

Passage is now more a myth to be added to the rich imaginary of the lagoons.


(C) Véspera Mixed Media 2024