Interview: Alê Abreu Talks About His BOY AND THE WORLD

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Alê Abreu's Boy and the World is an enchanting, infectious and at times somber experience. There is no real dialogue in his film to drive the story forward, instead he uses gorgeous visual expressions and minor guttural utterances. You do not have to be told what is happening, the story comes across loud and clear. 

Abreu was kind enough to answer our questions via e-mail as he traversed the globe with his film. With the theatrical run of the film expanding this weekend it is perfect time to catch up with the director and chat about themes and methods. 

How long did it take for you to make this film; from the creation of the story to the finished film?

The film took three and a half years to make.

As far as the overall artistic design is concerned were you influenced by anything/anyone specifically?

The starting point was the drawing of the boy. Seeing through his eyes was fundamental in creating the universe we did. Everything was done through the eyes of the boy. In him I found a more primitive approach to my drawing, spurred by the freedom to draw like a child. It was always the boy facing the world.

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