International Competition

Dry Ground Burning

Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós
Screening time  
27.03. / Monday, 19:30 - 21:30 Theatre 3  
01.04. / Saturday, 15:30 - 17:30 Theatre 3  

Gasolineiras de Kebradas, a group of women under the leadership of Chitara, refine illegally tapped oil in their own plant. From the watchtower of their makeshift refinery, you can see the lights of Brasília in the distance. The directors entered this world and, together with five women, constructed a fiction that serves as a form of revenge against the Brazilian elite. Blending vivid reality with staged events, this film thinks the territory, the bodies and desires of an entire generation of people who were dislocated, segregated, and incarcerated by the project of a Brazilian nation. Lived-in locations, unstaged protests against Bolsonaro, non-professional actors playing versions of themselves: when you peel away the fiction, there is nothing like real life.


Joana Pimenta

Joana Pimenta is a Portuguese director who has been working in Brazil for the past eight years. She teaches directing at Harvard University's Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies, where she manages the Film Study Center. Her latest film, An Aviation Field, received the Jury Award for Best Film in Competition at Zinebi ’58.


Adirley Queirós

Adirley Queirós is a director from Ceilândia, Brazil, where he has made his last three feature films: A Cidade é uma só?, Branco Sai Preto Fica, and Era uma vez Brasília. His work has been screened at Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image, the ICA London, Pacific Film Archive, and featured in publications such as Artforum, Cinemascope, and Cahiers du Cinéma.

General sponsor

Mato Seco Em Chamas

Brazil, Portugal
2022, 153'

Directed by:
Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós

Joana Pimenta

Edited by:
Cristina Amaral

Adirley Queirós, João Matos

Produced by:
Cinco Da Norte, Terratreme Filmes

Festivals & Awards:

Cinéma du Réel: Grand Prize (2022), Rio IFF: Special Jury Prize / Best Cinematography (2022), Indielisboa: Grand Prize (2022)