Interview: 'Sick Sick Sick' Sheds Hope for "Young Generations" in Brazil


Director Alice Furtado tells the story of a lovestruck teen attempting to defy the laws of nature at a time when Brazilian filmmakers are facing an uncertain future.


Brazilian director Alice Furtado’s feature debut, "Sick, Sick, Sick," is created by young people for young people at a time when its makers are gravely concerned about the future of the next generation of Brazilian creative talents.

The local industry is undergoing "a political and bureaucratic crisis" after state film agency Ancine in April froze its incentive programs and Brazil’s controversial new president, Jair Bolsonaro, announced the cancellation of investments from leading industry sponsors, according to Sick producer Matheus Peçanha. If things don’t change, Peçanha warns, "we will lose a big generation of young filmmakers, producers and technicians."


Sick screened in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2019.


Read more about the director's inspiration for her film in The Hollywood Reporter.