Jacaré is a film based on the short story ‘Crocodile’ by Fyodor Dostoevysky, which tells the adventure of a man swallowed alive by the animal and who starts to inhabit its entrails. Although it is timeless and allows many meanings, it tends to express through its analogy, the conflicts between economic and environmental interests.

  • Mathias Reis
  • Mathias Reis
  • Mathias Reis
  • Luis Martinelli
  • Luis Martinelli
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Mathias Reis

Mathias Reis is a visual artist, filmmaker and professor at Faculty of Business and Arts of Limeira where teaches in art/design degrees and postgraduate studies in Digital Marketing. He holds a degree in visual arts with a master's degree in Languages, Media and Art from PUC-Campinas. Participated in several collective exhibitions, artistic occupations and two individual exhibitions: Exsicata at Galeria Sede (2015) and Variações do pé Vermelho (2018) at AT AL | 609. Was a critic of the ArtFarm Project artistic residency, worked as a curator of the University Museum, the Visual Arts Gallery of the Goma space, among others. Since 2016, he coordinates Atelier Contágio, an itinerant project that links artistic actions to eco-logical practices. He currently resides and has a studio in front of Mata Santa Genebra, where he investigates inter-species poetics, cartographic methodologies focused on the environment and develops audiovisual projects with Simbiose productions.

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Director Statement

Jacaré is a free adaptation of Dostoievsky's tale. Although it is timeless and allows many meanings, doing so during the pandemic was a way of expressing, through its analogy, the conflicts between human and economic interests that permeate its context, also taking into account that a public negationist figure came to declare that whoever got the vaccine would become an Jacaré (Brazilian crocodile). In terms of direction, this film is part of my poetic research in treating the environment also as a protagonist in the mise-en-scene.