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AWAKENING CITY presents an universal debate on the role of public spaces in contemporary cities, the conflicts of cars against people; malls against parks and squares; private against public; consumer against citizen; destructive urbanism against green areas. The documentary provides a set of international cases, strategies and proposals aiming full implementation of the Right to the City. Blending the Essay Film style with experimental tones, AWAKENING CITY, the FIRST FILM directed by Fernando Ramos, former Brazilian Critic, Script Writer and Assistant Director, was already officially selected by more than 60 film festivals worldwide on all the continents, such as Festival de Cine de Maracaibo (Venezuela), 12thBlowUp Chicago, 13thChinese American (USA), 12th Frames (India), Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne, 13thGreen Film Festival in Seoul, RapidLion (South Africa), 6th Ammar Popular Film Festival (Iran), Raw Science (USA), Kolkata Wildlife and Environment (India), Barcelona Planet, New York Film Week, International Open Film Festival (Bangladesh - Finalist), International Tourism Awards (Indonesia - Won), Norwich Radical (UK), Social Machinery (Italy), IndieWise, Azores Fringe, PlanetaDoc (Brazil) and Docademia (USA - which licensed the film to sell VOD for american universities).

  • Fernando Ramos
  • Fernando Ramos
  • Rui N. Paes
  • Mateus Basso
  • Fernando Ramos
  • Rui N. Paes
  • Juliette Binoche
    Key Cast
  • Harold Lloyd
    Key Cast
  • Edward G. Robinson
    Key Cast
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Key Cast
  • Jan Gehl
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Essay, Experimental, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 11, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Fernando Ramos

FERNANDO RAMOS - Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June 19, 1984. In 2000 began publishing poems, short stories and essays. In 2002 entered the LARGO SAO FRANCISCO LAW SCHOOL (USP), becoming an Attorney with expertise in Cultural Regulations, Copyright and Right to the City. In 2004 began to work as a professional songwriter, with recordings and compositions with some of the greatest names in Brazilian popular music. Beyond 2006, joins courses and workshops with great cinema directors such as ATOM EGOYAN, BRILLANTE MENDOZA, SERGIO RICARDO, JOSÉ MOJICA MARINS, FREDERICO MACHADO and others, giving the next step for his persistent movie addiction. In 2009 becomes the Director of the art cinema distribution company LUME FILMES. In 2011 publishes a cinema essay in THE FILMS WE DREAM (OS FILMES QUE SONHAMOS) book that gathered some of the finest Brazilian critics. In 2012 worked as a First Assistant Director to FREDERICO MACHADO on the feature film O EXERCÍCIO DO CAOS (THE EXERCISE OF CHAOS), considered by Brazilian critics as one of the five best Brazilian movies released in 2013. In the same year, publishes four cinema essays on the DVDs from SERGIO RICARDO COLLECTION released by LUME FILMES, for which he was previously in charge of the national releases. In 2014 founds his own independent film production company, CHIAROSCURO CINE and writes, directs, edits and co-produces his very first film, the documentary feature AWAKENING CITY (A PRAÇA PEDE PASSAGEM, 2015, 100 MINUTES), just recently completed and aiming now towards the first international festivals. Still in 2015, he will publish his first novel, EGONIA, 9MM DE PROSA by the awarded publishing house EDITORA PATUÁ. Fernando has written four feature film scripts: KARMA, MOTHER OF THE MOON, PUZZLE and UNDER THE GROUND, which shall begin productions by CHIAROSCURO CINE from 2016 and on. Publishes in a weekly basis his critics, essays and thoughts on cinema in: notasdocinematografo.wordpress.com

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