Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós’s “Dry Ground Burning” wins Cinéma du Réel’s Grand Prize and multiple awards at IndieLisboa

Film Still from Dry Ground Burning

“Forum’s undeniable knockout, Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós’s defiantly uncategorizable Dry Ground Burning, practically blew the doors off the Delphi at its world premiere. Its overpowering opening minutes, set entirely by night, leave the hallucinatory impression of a truth stranger than fiction. Set in the favela of Sol Nascente in Brasilia, the folkloric tale, part dystopian science-fiction, part western, of an all-female gang of oil pirates who siphon the black gold straight from the pipes running underneath their heavily policed community serves as a stadium-sized platform for Pimenta, Queirós, and their character/subjects to stage a primal scream against the carceral kleptocracy of Bolsonaro’s Brazil.” –Edo Choi, ReverseShot

Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós’ Dry Ground Burning won Cinéma du Réel’s Grand Prize and multiple awards at IndieLisboa, including the Feature Film Grand Prize, Best Portuguese Feature Film, and Universities Award. Dry Ground Burning has also been reviewed in VarietyFilm CommentReverseShot, and The Film Stage. In addition, an extensive conversation about the film between Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós and film programmer Aily Nash was recently published in the Open City Non-Fiction Journal 04. Congratulations, Joana and Adirley!