Chewing Gum

Irene is one of the exiles of a fantastic island populated by young people of curious eating habits, whose only connection with the world outside is a boat of supplies. An unexpected event makes her the protagonist of a strange collective catharsis.

  • Philippe Noguchi
    Director
  • Philippe Noguchi
    Writer
  • Sofia Maria
    Writer
  • Philippe Noguchi
    Producer
  • Bernardo Portella
    Producer
  • Olivia Torres
    Key Cast
  • Mariah de Moraes
    Key Cast
  • Indira Nascimento
    Key Cast
  • Pedro Nercessian
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Chiclete
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Drama, Fantastic
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Warsaw Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    October 11, 2019
    European
    Official Selection
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 8, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Medellín Film Festival
    Medellín
    Colombia
    December 11, 2019
  • Incorto Film Festival
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    November 23, 2019
  • Prague Film Awards
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    Nominee
  • Berlin Independent Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    February 27, 2020
    Germany
    Official Selection
  • Budapest Independent Film Festival
    Budapest
    Hungary
    February 6, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Vitória Film Festival
    Vitória
    Brazil
    September 24, 2019
    South America Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Atlanta Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
Director Biography - Philippe Noguchi

Philippe Noguchi (born July 1, 1988) is a Brazilian director whose main area of commercial activity is the music video, for which he has already received a series of awards. In 2015, he made his first foray into the cinema with the short film "La Duda", selected and awarded at festivals such as the New York City Independent Film Festival (USA) and Santiago International Short Film Festival (Chile). "Chiclete" is his second short film and his first as a screenwriter.

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Director Statement

Human rights and democracy are threatened in Brazil. The rise of an extreme right-wing president has legitimated - for the first time since the Military Dictatorship - speeches of deep and violent intolerance: ideological, religious, sexual, racial.

The plot of 'Chiclete' suggests a dystopian universe, where misfits of a conservative regime are exiled on an island to treat themselves - as if they were sick.

Exiles contaminated by the so-called “Fever' should follow rules of conduct and compulsively consume food-based remedies, which act as antidotes to their innermost desires.

The short film addresses serious issues with a fantastic, ironic and intentionally anachronistic look, highlighting the cyclical character with which such violent leaders continue to mark Brazilian history.

The film is a reflection on the legitimacy and beauty of human desire and also a manifesto of struggle against the many hate speeches that reverberate in Brazil, one of the countries in the world where the LGBTQ+ and Black population is murdered the most.