• IDFA Int'l Doc Film Festival

    Special Mention - ​Envision Award
  • Hot Docs Toronto Int'l Film Festival

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Portuguese with English subtitles

The walls in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte are inundated with painted pictures and words, from stunning murals to old-school graffiti, and from enigmatic cries from the heart to furious cursing. Marcos Pimentel uses his mostly static camera to capture an impressive number of these public statements, painting a picture of the city as a canvas for artists, poets, and outraged citizens. Ranging from the ironic to the inflamed, the words and images of murals, tags, and posters give a voice to the voiceless.

In Skin, fragments of memory and silent screams reveal the desires, fears, fantasies, and daydreams of those who inhabit urban centers. The letters and drawings interact with the different bodies that move through the public space with cars driving past, buses stopping, and pedestrians hurrying along—some of them unaware of the artwork behind them, others quickly snapping a selfie.


“One of the most beautiful films of this or any year, Skin (Pele) is a city symphony, an evocation of what life is like in Belo Horizonte, the sixth largest municipality in Brazil. Marcos Pimentel’s film uses no narration, so we hear no dialogue at all. For 75 minutes, the audience is liberated from the tyranny of language and linear narratives.” – Marc Glassman, POV Magazine

“Focused and quietly cumulative, Pimentel's unconventional city symphony is supported by a sound design that weaves together richly ambient soundscapes, music, field recordings of protests and more. Winner of a special mention at the most recent IDFA, in Skin the walls don't just talk—they rally.” – Jesse Cumming, HotDocs

About the Director
Marcos Pimentel is a director, screenwriter and independent producer. His creative documentaries have won 92 prizes at national and international film festivals. His work was exhibited at over 700 festivals all over the world. He is the director and screenwriter of the films Faith and Fury (Fé e fúria) in 2019, The part of the world that belongs to me (A parte do mundo aue me pertence) in 2017, Breath (Sopro) in 2013, Sanã 2013, The dust and the wind (A poeira e o vento) in 2011, Taba in 2010, Polis in 2009, The body’s architecture (Aarquitetura do corpo) in 2008, The greatest show on Earth (O maior espetáculo da terra) in 2005. He lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Skin (Pele) is his fifth full-length creative documentary.
Notes on Film

“The film travels through central and peripheral streets looking for chance encounters between the inhabitants of the walls and the inhabitants of flesh and blood, who – even without realizing it – dialogue daily about the living tissue that constitutes a city. Screams spread across the walls, which function as mutant and ephemeral canvases that, tomorrow, will no longer exist… Man and time will manage to modify them.

A visual experiment that takes the viewer to dive into the urban imagination and discover the subjective part of everyday scenarios, which often go unnoticed by hurried glances. Skin brings to the screen the immense web of possibilities of contemporary cities, with their inhabitants, landscapes, ideas, and concepts that are increasingly ephemeral.”

– Marcos Pimentel, Director