Open City Documentary Festival

Elections + Q&A

Alice Riff
Previous Festivals & Awards
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, DOK Leipzig
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Curzon Soho

Nominated for the Emerging International Filmmaker Award

Alice Riff’s first feature as a director, My Body is Political (2017), premiered at Visions du Réel Festival and was screened at others such as Havana, Bafici, Brasília and Cachoeira Doc. She also directed the shorts 100% Boliviano, Mano (2013), Orquestra Invisível Let’s Dance (2016) and the feature documentary Platamama (2017).​

A public high school in São Paulo is preparing for the upcoming student council elections. In the classrooms and school halls, alliances form and students pick sides based on their hopes for the future of their education. Four teams plan campaign strategies, canvas their fellow students, and plaster the walls with their slogans. As the polling day nears, the heated public debates reveal the student body’s political differences and shared visions.  Observed with compassion and humour, Elections is imbued with the youthful spirit of its subjects while holding up a mirror to the country’s wider political turmoil.

UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with director Alice Riff.

After the screening, please join us for our Opening Night Reception in the Curzon Soho bar.

Read an essay on Elections by Catriona Mahmoud