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Don't swallow my Heart, Alligator Girl

Feature film, 2017, 108 min.

"When I go to sleep, I see her. When I open my eyes, I see her. When I draw in my notebook, I draw her. When I get in the shower, I see images of her.”

Thick fog lies over the Rio Apa, the river that runs between Brazil and Paraguay. The bodies of dead men float downstream. But the 13-year-old Joca is in love with the mysterious alligator girl Basano of the Guaraní people, who lives on the opposite shore. But it is not only the river that separates the young Brazilian from his first love: There are also scars from the past, battles between the rival biker gangs: Joca's older brother, a reluctant gangster, and Basano's cousin, who wants her for himself. Set to the sounds of revving engines in the diffuse light of the swamps, Bragança portrays the attitudes and lives of a fearless generation in a modern Romeo and Juliet story.

won prizes

  • US - Park City Sundance Film Festival selection
  • DE - Berlin International Film Festival Generation selection

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