They are bodies, minds, and voices that change according to the character they portray.
For some of them, the mission is to make people laugh. For others, it is to inhabit fictional lives to bring a new story to life.
Mummenschanz is a theater company like no other.
This documentary follows the group on their 2017 European tour.
Robert Gorodetsky is one of the most recognized clowns in the world. He was the clerk of "Blue Canary", a number commonly played by other clowns worldwide.
A native of St. Petersburg, a city where he still lives in his 70s, Gorodetsky is shown in this documentary as an ambivalent being, both on his most casual and humorous side, as in his most human shadows.
This documentary takes us to the mundane places and seemingly insignificant moments of the 52-year-old Portuguese actor João Carlos Castanha. Castanha is gay and lives with his mother in a house of decadent atmosphere.
When he does not interpret stereotypes in audiovisual productions in his country, Castanha is also a cross-dresser artist during the night.
Used to inhabit the skin of hundreds of characters, in this Berlinale documentary, Castanha becomes a kind of chameleon that plays with the concept of interpretation, where real-life problems and those of fiction are mixed in a fascinating film experience.
Mixing topics as dissimilar as urban architecture and performative art, this documentary makes visible the case of a small Swiss village that was replicated almost exactly in Guandong, China, one of the dreamy residential villas for the rich that swarm in that country.
If what you read sounds completely not related to the subject of acting, you will be relieved to know that, in order to explore the theme of the "double", the director of the documentary incorporates the participation of actors in fictitious scenes with characters that reveal the deepest yearnings of the new Chinese middle class.
In this creative documentary, filmmaker Tracy Dong casts a group of actors who bring to life characters from the era of the Cultural Revolution, which occurred during the 1950s in China under the rule of Mao Zedong.
In this improvisational device, thirteen actors play ordinary people living together in a weapon factory until one of them threatens to defect.
Among the characters are Gabrielle, the director of the piece, who has just told her parents about her bisexuality, and Alex, the author of the play.
The film not only makes the impressive love story of Plaschg and Rupp visible but also observes the two actors in the moments when they are out of character, as they drink coffee, walk in the studio corridors where they read the lovers' letters and talk about their hobbies.
With a more classical and narrative approach, this biographic documentary is an intimate portrait of the famous actor Leonard Nimoy, known for playing the role of Dr. Spock in the famous TV series Star Trek.
Using home video footage and interviews with family and friends, filmmakers David Knight and Julie Nimoy - Leonard's daughter - unveil the more intimate side of this prolific and award-winning American actor.
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