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SANDRA KOGUT

Mutum, Brazil, 2007 – directed by Sandra Kogut; drama. Actors: Thiago da Silva Mariz, Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso, João Miguel, Izadora Fernandes, Rômulo Braga; duration 1h35m; synopsis; based on the work by Guimarães Rosa. Mutum is an isolated place in the Minas Gerais bush country, where Thiago and his family live. Thiago is only 10 years old and, together with his brother and only friend, he is forced to see the nebulous adult world.

A Hungarian passport (2001/2003) – A documentary that questions what a nationality is, what a passport is for, and what we inherit. Based on her own experience, Sandra, who is Jewish, documents the bureaucracy required to obtain a passport for her grandfather’s nationality.

Adieu Monde (or Pierre and Claire’s story) (1998) – A video about a young shepherd who disappeared and the girl who followed him in the forest, told by French villagers in the Pyrenees. Each version told reveals the universal fascination with romance and the unattainable. This video plays with the tastes of tourists who seek legends in mythical places, criticizing the authenticity of facts as they are being told.

Lá e cá (1995) – A video lasting almost 25 minutes, shot in the outskirts of Rio, questioning the feeling of being here and far from here. The story is about a girl from the poor suburbs, played by Regina Casé, who is in doubt about whether she wants to keep living where she is or join her sister, who has left.

En français (1993) – A 17-minute video with daily scenes recorded almost in real time, edited to make up a love story. For one year, Sandra Kogut recorded various daily scenes, joining people’s dialogues to compose a story.

Parabolic People (1991) – The author installed a camera in a booth and invited people from various countries to enter the booth for 30 seconds. The film questions the veracity of what is shown on television and discusses provincialism, racism and globalization. This format was later used for two Globo TV programs.

What do you think people think Brazil is? (1990) – Five-minute video with images common to Brazilian daily life and delirious speeches from foreign tourists about this exotic Southern Hemisphere country. This video performs the role of a Brazilian anti-portrait, criticizing the disseminated image of Brazil.

Videocabines são caixas pretas (1990) – Five-minute video with a collection of statements, messages or performances from ordinary people, in closed booths installed in public places in Rio de Janeiro, where people have the freedom to do anything.

MAM/Rio Hoje (1989) – Nine-minute documentary with statements about the Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum and its re-opening, after it was reformed following the fire that destroyed it in 1978.

Andréia Andróide (1988) – A video for the song written by the poet Chacal and set to music by Ricardo Barreto, former guitarist with pop band Blitz. This video is very similar to the music video Juliette (1988), produced for a Fausto Fawcett and Laufer song, using superimposed images to reference the pop world.

Orelha (1988) – With the participation of visual artist Eneas Valle and plastic surgeon Dr. Bastos.

A G. Profunda (1987), O gigante da Malásia (1986), Sete horas de sono (1986), Egoclip (1985), Intervenção urbana (1984) 


Installations
LandSCAPE, São Paulo,1997
Rio no papel Exposição coletiva, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, 1993
Vidéocabines São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, 1990
Metrô da cidade do Rio, Laura Alvim Cultural Center, 1990
Le chemin des vertiges, São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, 1989
Exposition Individuelle, Centro Empresarial Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, 1989
Cabine vidéo numéro 1, São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, 1988
Novos Collectiva, Centro Empresarial Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, 1988
Ossos, fosseis e pedras, Crepúsculo de Cubatão nightclub, Rio de Janeiro,1986

Other works
Lecy e Humberto nos Campos Neutrais, Chuí (1999)
Angola (1991)
Paralamas do Sucesso (1988)
Juliette (Fausto Fawcett and Laufer) (1988)
Projeto Teleeyes (art installations on the internet)
Brasil Legal (Rede Globo)

Awards
1998 - Sircom Best Regional Documentary Prize
1996 - Best Short Film Prize at the Kiev Film Festival (Ukraine), Montecatini Film Festival Prize (Italy), Oberhausen Film Festival Prize (Germany)
1995 - Grand Prix at the Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany)
1993 - Main Prize at the Deutscher Videokunstpreis (Germany), Rockefeller Foundation and MacArthur Foundation scholarships (USA)
1992 - Unesco MediaLab/MIT scholarship, Fiacre – New Technologies scholarship, Fotóptica International Video Festival (Brazil), Locarno Nouvelles Images Festival (Switzerland); Special Prize – International Cadiz Festival (Spain)
1991 - Director's Choice prize at the 15th Annual Atlanta Video Festival
1990 - Sol de Prata, RioCine Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Finalist at the 33rd New York International Film and TV Festival, Best Art Video at Fotóptica International Video Festival (São Paulo), Best Editing at São Paulo Video Day (São Paulo)
1989 - Bronze medal at the 32nd New York International Film and TV Festival; Best Documentary at the São Paulo Video Day
1988 - Gold medal at the 31st New York International Film and TV Festival, New York Clio Awards, Best Editing and Best Script at the VI Videobrasil Festival and Geraes Prize for Best Independent Video
1987 - Best Music Video at RioCine Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Best Editing at the Maranhão Video Day (São Luis)