TIFF 2016: Sonia Braga in the most profound role of her career

Aquarius is posed to be Brazil’s candidate for Foreign Language Film in the 2017 Oscars

By Ingrid Coifman | Leila Monteiro Lins & Photos by Felipe Augusto Rocha


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Clara (veteran actress Sonia Braga) is much more than a woman who refuses to succumb to the pressure and dirty tricks of condo developers and leave her apartment. She is someone fighting the system around her, not allowing conformism, loneliness, and greed to creep into her aging years. Her struggle to preserve a 1940s’ apartment building could as well be a fight to protect Brazil’s own heritage of activism and rich cultural movements.

Before its debute at TIFF 2016 this September, the drama film Aquarius directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. His previous feature, 2012’s Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor), was also set in his home town, Recife, and scored four awards at the Gramado’s Festival in Brazil.


The magnificent Sônia Braga gives the performance of her life as a retired music critic that won’t let go of her memories and own identity. Nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy Award, Braga is cherished for her many memorable roles on TV and for her important contribution to the Brazilian movie industry in internationally acclaimed films such as “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, by Hector Babenco, and “Dona Flor and her two Husbands”, by Bruno Barreto.



Marco Antonio Lage e Raquel Guimarães (4)


Aquarius is posed to be Brazil’s candidate for Foreign Language Film in the 2017 Oscars (with Sonia as a strong contender in the Best Actress category). The film was screened in TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema on September 11th, 13th and 17th 2016 in different times and venues. Visit:


Photo: Marco Antônio Lage, director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and wife with Sônia Braga at the drama film Aquarius’ launch in Brazil. 

Ingrid Coifman

Ingrid Coifman is journalist and Public Relations, who specializes in technology, economics, and tourism, having in her portfolio Culture, TV, CBN Radio, McDonalds and Microsoft.

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