Year2009 Duration78 min. DirectorEduardo Coutinho

Direction assistant: Ernesto Piccolo
Executive production: João Moreira Salles, Maurício Andrade Ramos y Guilherme Cezar Coelho
Production coordination: Carolina Benevides
Line production: Beth Pessoa
Direction of fotography: Jacques Cheuiche
Camera: Jacques Cheuiche y Alberto Bellezia
Direct sound: Valéria Ferro
Sound edition and mixer: Denilson Campos
Edition: Jordana Berg
Postproduction coordination: Bianca Costa
Play director: Enrique Diaz
Production: VideoFilmes

Spanish premiere

The director follows the rehearsals of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, directed by Enrique Diaz and featuring Galpão, a Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais-based theatre troupe. Coutinho chose Three Sisters because ‘Chekhov is a maestro and this play is a deeply powerful experience for performers,’ but he plays almost no part in the adaptation or the staging. Where in his previous film, Jogo de Cena (2007), Coutinho gradually blurs the line between fiction and reality, here there is no border at all. The camera does not catch the stage; it rather wanders in the boxes and the wings, recording the reading of the scenes, the rehearsal and the training of actors and actresses to get a grasp of the text cemented on their personal background and local perspective.


  • 2009 Festival Paulínia de Cine, Premio de la Crítica al Mejor Documental
  • 2009 Festival Internacional de Documentales É Tudo Verdade
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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