Sandra Kogut was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1965. She graduated in philosophy from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Kogut began her career as a performance and installation artist in 1984, and has produced numerous award-winning films and videos that have been shown in central places all over the world. Among other venues, her works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Her video work Parabolic People (France 1991) gained her international acclaim. She then began creating documentary films, the most well-known being The Hungarian Passport (2002). In 2008 she created her first full-length feature film, Mutum, which won several international awards. Sandra Kogut’s work combines the documentary with the fictional, the experimental with the essay-like. Her films are uniquely stamped with lyrical and ironic hues, and presented in a seemingly lighthearted way, while beneath her playful cinema there is a sharp discourse, deeply committed to the worlds with which she deals.

Her attraction to literature drew Kogut to adapting “Campo Geral” by João Guimaraes Rosa, often compared to James Joyce, for her film Mutum. These days, she is working on several new projects, among them a new script, adapted from a literary work by Nathan Englander, a Jewish writer from New York who tells of the experience of a new settlement in the Benjamin region.

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Mutum

10-year-old Thiago lives with his family in a remote farm in the isolated area of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He finds himself, together with his brother Felipe, at the heart of a family struggle between...