Based on a short story the running time of this film is not going to stretch anyone’s patience – but that doesn’t stop the director from cranking up the tension as the movie unfolds. Contained, collapsed almost to the world of just this relationship, we follow the power struggles, history and attempts to create a future that Renato and Renata negotiate. The work from these actors is, unsurprisingly, fantastic; more is said in a look than many can get across in a monologue. Powerful sound design and a moving score complement the mood the director and cinematographer bring with their bold, intimate camera-work. A study more than a film, this is a fine piece of work from a team who’s grasp of character and relationship is second to none.
Raindance Staff Picks
Portland based director Steven Richter’s film Center of Gravity is an official selection in this years 20th Raindance Film Festival. The film was shot in five days in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a minimal crew and budget. His next feature will be shot in Portland later this year.