Gabriel and the Mountain
Sun, Apr 22 at 1pm
Director Fellipe Barbosa
Brazil / France 127 minutes
Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decides to travel the world for one year. After ten months on the road with his backpack full of dreams, immersed at the heart of various countries, he arrives in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Until he reaches the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his final destination.
Buchmann (winningly played here by João Pedro Zappa) was a generous and friendly idealist—he was due to start work on a PhD in public policy—who touched the lives of many during his travels, sometimes giving away large parts of his budget to help people in need. Barbosa sensitively dramatizes his story and, by enlisting the help of those who knew Buchmann to play themselves, fashions a beautifully shot amalgam of documentary and fiction that is both a paean to friendship and an insightful philosophical inquiry into modern travel.
A rumination on the actions and ideas that resound in life offering a moving look at the transformative nature of travel, both on those hopping around the world in search of a new perspective and those they encounter along the way… Though never purporting to be a documentary, the film approaches its narrative with an added, inescapably emotional air of authenticity.