Documentary. At the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, an empty square with a dry fountain and an underground parking. There was located the Monroe Palace, that once housed the Senate, and was mysteriously demolished forty years ago. A history of sabers and lions, military and architects, past and future.
Brazil | 2015 | 90 min | DCP
About the Monroe Palace:
The history of the Monroe Palace (which existed in Rio de Janeiro between 1906 and 1976) summarizes important issues for Brazil in the 20th century, regarding architecture and urbanism, as well as the country’s ideas on modernity and heritage. The Monroe Palace was remarkable because of its construction (having won an international prize for its architecture in St. Louis World Fair, and marked the opening of the Central Avenue), what happened in it (it housed the Senate for decades) and its controversial demolition, which was never fully explained.
As well as presenting an issue never addressed in film, the movie discusses two important moments in the urban modernization of Rio de Janeiro and the changes made in the city’s landscape — the 1900s, when it was built, and the 1970s, when it was demolished. The movie should be heavily based on archive footage, but will also include interviews. Another of its goals is to locate the Palace’s original pieces, which were dispersed throughout the world after the building was torn apart.
Eduardo Ades wrote, directed and produced the documentary Brazilians Portraits: Hélio Silva (Canal Brasil, 2011) and the short film The Lady from Estácio (2012), starred by Fernanda Montenegro and Nelson Xavier, winner of numerous awards in Brazil and abroad. Director of the ongoing documentaries Torquato neto, Deviant Angel, Chronicle of Demolition and Anna & Alberto.Website
|Screenwriter and Director||Eduardo Ades|
|Produced by||Daniela Santos
João Felipe Freitas
|Executive Producer||Daniela Santos|
José Eduardo Limongi
|Cinematographer||José Eduardo Limongi|
|Line Producer and Direction Assistant||Angélica de Oliveira|
|Production Designer||Dina Salem Levy|
|Sound||Antonio Carlos Liliu
|Editing||Eva Randolph, edt
|Sound editing||Thiago Sobral|
|Sound mixing||Jesse Marmo|
|Motion graphics||Eduardo Seabra|
Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Rio de Janeiro
|Support||Rio Film Commission|