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 SOLUTION is both the promise of a Brazilian security company and its 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.

Director's Biography

Arne Hector and Minze Tummescheit have been working together as a duo under the name cinéma copains since 2000. Their experimental documentary works, which include lectures, performances, installations and films, reflect on social and economic issues. Based on interdisciplinary artistic research, their work transcend classical genre boundaries and are represented at both film festivals and art exhibitions.
Luciana Mazeto and Vinícius Lopes are co-founders of the southern Brazilian production company pátio vazio. Their work in short and feature films is mainly focused on historical and social research, constantly mixing fictional narratives and documentary essays.
Pátio vazio and cinéma copains first met in 2-15. Supporting each other on various art and film projects, they spent many hours together in the darkroom, at the animation table and the copying machines of LaborBerlin, an independent artist-run filmlab in Berlin. URBAN SOLUTIONS is their first joint film project.

Cast & Crew

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

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

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, Sarah Lehn

Visual Effects: Arne Hector, Minze Tummescheit

Casting: Letícia Vieira

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

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2022