The City of the Future

(A cidade do futuro)
Cláudio Marques & Marília Hughes Guerreiro | Drama, Romance, Fiction

2016 | 75 minutes | Brazil

A beautiful naturalistic film that shuns convention, embracing love in all its dazzling iterations.


In Serra do Ramalho, Brazil, young teacher Milla finds herself pregnant by her colleague Gilmar. Gilmar is in a relationship with Igor, but Milla asserts that the baby will belong to all three of them. Despite some initial conflict between the three, and in defiance of their community’s reaction, they form an unconventional but remarkably uncomplicated family. Billed as the ‘city of the future,' Serra do Ramalho was constructed in the 1970s in order to rehouse thousands of citizens that had been forcefully relocated. The setting becomes an important backdrop for this elegant, gentle film which is full of hope for a new generation building their own family of the future.

Directors Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes Guerreiro have boldly collaborated on this beautiful naturalistic film that shuns convention, embracing love in all its dazzling iterations.


"The film is moving and makes you think; turning an unusual love story into a statement of freedom." — Rodrigo de Oliveira, Abracine

"Here the body is a weapon. It is power." — Narciso Faustino Mendes, Janela Critica

"A necessary film in times of hate and conservatism." — Emanuela Siqueira, Quadro por Quadro

"An elegant, kind film, full of hope for a new generation that is making their own family of the future." — Melbourne Film Festival

"The City of the Future does raise an interesting question, one which will no doubt start to be discussed more in queer cinema...[it] isn't so much concerned with homosexuality or bisexuality, rather with the concept of a polyamorous relationship." — Charlie David Page, Switch

Main credits

Marques, Cláudio (filmmaker)
Guerreiro, Marília Hughes (filmmaker)
Araújo, Gilmar (actor)
Santos, Igor (actor)
Suzart, Milla (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Gabriel Martins; editors, Joana Collier, Cláudio Marques.

LGBTQ+, Serra do Ramalho, polyamorous relationships, pregnancy, Sobradinho Dam, Northern Bahia, drylands, alternative family, spanish, spanish language, latin america, latin american cinema, latin american film, ibero america, latin, latinx, latino, latina,,sociology, anthropology, psychology, sociological, sociological perspectives, conflict theory, human conflicts, sociological thinking,conflict perspective, topics in sociology, sociology topics, sociology studies, social studies, people and cultures, human relations, human relationships, cultural studies, culture studies ,gender, sexuality, gender roles, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender equality, gender pronouns, gender studies, gender spectrum, gender norms, gender roles, gender stereotypes, sexual selection, sexualization, sexual awakening, puberty, pubescence,culture, identity, identity politics, culture wars, left wing, right wing, intersectionality, identity groups, civilization, literacy, humanism, cancel culture, online culture, cultural revolution, cultural diffusion, culture shock, popular culture, pop culture, material culture, cultural capital, cultural assimilation ,family, kin, fellowship, household, immediate family, extended family, multigenerational family, multigenerational household, kinfolk, family tree, genealogy, nuclear family, modern family, family tree,urban studies, urbanism, community development, communities, urbanization, civic centers, satellite cities, residential areas, gentrification, barrioization, boomtown, bedroom communities, city block, city center, community displacement, white flight, walkability, zoning, housing, incorporated areas, unincorporated areas, suburbs, exurbs, inner cities, inner city, conservation ,education, school, pedagogy, schooling, elementary education, secondary education, upper education, advanced education, education gap, learning, schooling, university, college, degrees, high school, middle school, junior high school, public school, private school, independent school, elementary school, schooling, school policy, educational equity,labor studies, employment studies, workers rights, workers’ rights, organizing, labor unions, trade unions, unions, industry, employment law, working class, labor rights, labor equity, employment, union organizing, labor organizing, labor rights movements, employment rights movements, workers’ rights movement, workers rights movements,south america, south american countries, countries in south america, argentina, bolivia, brazil, chile, colombia, ecuador, guyana, paraguay, peru, suriname, uruguay, venezuela, south american politics, south american culture, south american cuisine, south american education, south america in media, south american languages, south america history,human rights, public rights, equal rights, freedom of expression, basic human rights, united nations, activism, human rights activism, human rights council, human rights commission, universal human rights, universal rights,afro latin america, black latin america, afro latino, afro latinx, afro latina, black latino, black latinx, black latina, afro latin, afro-americanism, afro-brazilian, afro-cuban, afro-haitian, afro-colombian, afro-dominican, afro-mexican, afro-puertorican, afro-honduran, afro-bolivian, afro-argentinian, afro-chilean, afro-peruvian, afro-nicauraguan, afro-guatemalan,afro-caribbean, diaspora, slave trade; "The City of the Future"; Pragda; narrative; Latin America; family; Brazil; ; drama; romance
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Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival - Best Latin American Film
Olhar de Cinema Curitiba International Film Festival - Jury Award
NewFest - Grand Jury Award
Festival de Brasilia do Cinema Brasileiro
For Rainbow Festival de Cinema e Cultura da Diversidade Sexual - Best Brazilian Film Best Director
Havana Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Cláudio Marques & Marília Hughes Guerreiro


YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Drama, Romance, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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