More than 50 years after having directed some of the most essential documentaries about the everyday life of the northeastern hinterland and the lives of its migrants, Geraldo Sarno returns to this environment with the freedom and clarity granted by maturity. It would be no exaggeration to say that Sertânia stands on an equal footing with Guimarães Rosa or Marcel Proust on their flights (and crawls) through memory and fable. The story of its protagonist accurately interweaves Canudos, as our “original sin”, with the migrant life in the Southeast and the cangaço lifestyle. No small feat. (E. V)
Geraldo Sarno is a Brazilian screenwriter, editor, and film director. The filmmaker became known for addressing themes such as the Brazilian migratory movement (especially from the Northeast) as well as the country’s religions and popular culture. In 2008, he received the award for best direction award at the Festival de Brasília for the film Tudo Isto me Parece um Sonho, about the story of General Ignácio Abreu e Lima. He directed more than 15 films among documentaries and fictions.