1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought. Although their personalities and lives are worlds apart, the two men develop a deep friendship, as Johan, in an effort to provide Ranulpho with job skills, teaches Ranulpho to run the film projector, and drive a truck.
In this deliberately-paced road film, Marcelo Gomes reminds us that war is as close as Johan’s radio, broadcasting its relentless warnings that all lives are changed when the world is in conflict.
“A modest but lovely road movie! Especially captivating.”
-Time out London
“Thoughtful…Every quotidian moment seems to tremble with mystery and possibility.” -New York Times
‘Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Portuguese with English subtitles.