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Pacarrete (N/C 12+)

3-6 December

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


An eccentric old woman dances to the beat of her own drum in Allan Deberton’s poignant debut feature. There is a flavour of Almodovar-style melodrama in the story of Pacarrete (the sublime Marcelia Cartaxo), a former ballet dancer who lives in northeast Brazil. As a gift to the citizens of Russas, she has decided to dust off her tutu, slip on her ballet slippers and perform a classic dance for the city’s 200th anniversary celebrations-whether they want it or not. A broad, comedy turns increasingly dark and plaintive as the true nature of Pacarrete’s daily life becomes apparent.

Content Warnings: Death | Strong language / swearing | Mild physical violence

  • Director Allan Deberton
  • Cast Marcelia Cartaxo, João Miguel, Zezita Matos
  • Running Time 1h38m
  • Certificate N/C 12+
  • Country Brazil
  • Language Portuguese with English subtitles
  • Year of Production 2019
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