Archive of films The Way He Looks / Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho

2014, 96 min

Section: People Next Door
Year: 2017

Leo is now fifteen and would like to live his own life. But since he’s blind, everyone around him is constantly trying to provide unasked-for assistance. His routine days are suddenly altered by the arrival of a new classmate – and by the intense feelings he has for the boy. Tenderness and spontaneity are the common denominators in an emotionally charged picture of first love and self-discovery.


Lately things have been a bit much for Leo. He’s been spending every day after school with his best friend Giovana, but even their usual pastime of scoring the degree of their boredom ceases to entertain. Although just fifteen and blind, Leo wants to stand on his own feet and not constantly be the object of another’s care. The arrival of new classmate Gabriel transforms the vexing stasis of his life: now there’s someone who takes Leo as an equal, and what’s more, it seems that their feelings of friendship are mutually growing into something intimate. But it’s not just Leo who must wrap his head around the fledgling relationship – jealous Giovana has to come to terms with it as well... The debut feature by Daniel Ribeiro, which began its festival career in the Panorama section at the 2014 Berlinale, rightfully collected a string of audience awards around the world. Tenderness and spontaneity are the common denominators in an emotionally charged picture that embraces the taboos still surrounding physical disability and the discovery of one’s sexuality.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Daniel Ribeiro (b. 1982, São Paulo) graduated in direction from the film department at the University of São Paulo. His short film You, Me and Him (Café com leite, 2007) won the Crystal Bear at the 58th Berlinale. Three years later he made another short I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone (Eu não quero voltar sozinho), which again won many awards at world festivals. For his feature debut The Way He Looks (2014), he won the FIPRESCI Prize in Panorama at the 64th Berlinale, as well as the Teddy Award (for best LGBT themed movie) at the same fest.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: People Next Door
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Screenplay: Daniel Ribeiro
Dir. of Photography: Pierre de Kerchove
Editor: Cristian Chinen
Art Director: Olivia Helena Sanches
Producer: Diana Almeida
Cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Coelho, Lúcia Romano, Eucir de Souza
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