Burning Night

(Breve miragem de sol)
Eryk Rocha | Drama, Fiction

2019 | 98 minutes | Brazil, France, Argentina

Along with the lonely cab driver Paulo, the night and Rio de Janeiro are the main protagonists of the new film by Eryk Rocha (awarded at Cannes'16 for Cinema Novo).


Paulo starts driving a cab to pay his bills and to cover child support for his son. Passengers' stories intertwine with his own while he drives at night through Rio de Janeiro - a chaotic city in permanent reinvention. Even though each passenger has a different destination, Paulo is always the one steering the wheel, hoping for better days in a city falling apart.

Eryk Rocha's edgy, impressionistic chronicle of the nocturnal encounters of a Rio cab driver vividly captures the strange unpredictability of a rapidly changing world.


"There is plenty to like here, with Rocha delicately merging art and life to deliver a poignant and persuasive piece about loneliness, survival, and the quest for reinvention." Donna, Frankly, My Dear UK

"Burning Night is seen, heard, and acted like few other Latin American movies." - Javier Porta Fouz, La Nación

Main credits

Rocha, Eryk (film director)
Rocha, Eryk (screenwriter)
Rocha, Eryk (film producer)
Andrade, Fábio (screenwriter)
Ariani, Julia (screenwriter)
Boliveira, Fabrício (actor)
Colen, Bárbara (actor)
Jay, Cadu N. (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Miguel Vassy; editing, Renato Vallone.

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Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing; IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival - Best Feature Film; BFI London Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Eryk Rocha

NATIONALITY: Brazil, France, Argentina

YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Drama, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Portuguese; Spanish

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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