Directed by Chico Teixeira, the feature film Ausência receives two awards at the Rio Festival Première Brasil Competitive Screenings. The feature film was renowned by Jury’s Special Award, and 17-year-old new actor Matheus Fagundes, who plays the feature film protagonist, Serginho, was awarded the Redentor trophy as “Best Actor”.
Ausência narrates Serginho’s life, a boy pursuing affection, who at the age 15 looks for a place for himself in a world that forced him to grow up before the right time. The circumstances made him the man of the house; he is responsible for his mother (Gilda Nomacce) and his younger brother. At a moment of transition, he misses true love, professional perspective and caress. He doubles himself to fill in so many absences and most of the time he succeeds. Until everything overflows. Serginho wants more from his friends, parents, boss, professor Ney (Irandhir Santos), and from his future.
The feature film is a Brazil/Chile/France coproduction. This is the second partnership between BossaNovaFilms and Chilean Wood Producciones. In the past, they produced the feature film “Violeta went to heaven”, the best movie at Sundance 2012, staring Francisca Gavilán, who in Ausência plays Ivone, the magician’s wife.