During the colonial period, a European artist travles through Brazil and reports his impressions. 200 years later, a porter stares at the images of the surveillance cameras and reflects on his job and the relationship with his employers. Everything seems to be in its place. Until the pictures of the European artist appear and with them the nightmares of the past. Is it just a nightmare, or is it a call?

Director's Statement

URBAN SOLUTIONS is both the promise of a Brazilian security company and the film's name. It is symptomatic of the permanent emergency solutions with which the daily dangers of growing inequality are to be kept at bay. Day and night, the porteiro – concierge and security guard in one – guards the wealth of his employers on the threshold between street and home. Between the exotic idyll of the front gardens and deterrent technology, it is his job to establish security and normality. Based on reports given by real porteiros and drawings by European artist in the colonial period and their texts about their travels in Brazil, urban solutions subjects this "normality" to historical scrutiny and cinematic subversion.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Minze Tummescheit, Arne Hector, Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes

Written by: Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes, Minze Tummescheit, Arne Hector

Produced by: Minze Tummescheit

Cinematography: Minze Tummescheit, Luciana Mazeto

Editing: Minze Tummescheit, Arne Hector

Production Design: Eder Ramos

Costume Design: Mariane Collovini

Sound: Christian Obermaier, Sara Lehn

Visual Effects: Arne Hector, Minze Tummescheit

Casting: Letícia Vieira

Cast: Ivo Alexandre Junior (Cícero, porteiro), Sandra Dani (Silvia), Heinz Limaverde (João, porteiro), Ivo Medeiros (Antonio, porteiro), Alvaro RosaCosta (Gustavo, porteiro), Zé de Paiva (narrator (Gustavo)), Martin Clausen (narrator (European artist))

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2022