After special appearances in films and television, singer Gaby Amarantos debuts as a film protagonist in the comedy ‘SERIAL KELLY’, playing an electronic forró singer who travels through the interior of northeastern Brazil leaving deaths wherever she goes. Directed by René Guerra, the film has just released the official trailer, hits theaters on November 24th.
In an acidic and transgressive way, the comedy, which has a script signed by Guerra and Marcelo Caetano, brings a strong female character, owner of herself, and mistress of her desires. Empowered, Kelly is a rising star, and Brazil’s first female serial killer.
Owner of unquestionable talent, Kelly suffers in the job market for being a woman. While chasing her big break, she begins to be investigated for the murder of three men. ‘She loves to eat, fuck and kill. But not everything is on the surface. There are marks in this tragic character and in the relationship between the women in the film that leave the film on the threshold between tragedy and comedy’, explains the director.
With the vibrant photography of Pedro Urano, SERIAL KELLY presents a contemporary northeast, full of energy and in constant transformation, but also apocalyptic on the border between reality and fantasy.
For Guerra, the singer from Belém is the ideal interpreter for singer Kelly. ‘Gaby Amarantos is one of the bravest artists I know. Everything in the film is political. We don’t laugh at Kelly, we laugh at the absurdity that surrounds her. And the impossibility of avoiding the tragic drive that permeates the character’.
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The film is also marked by the celebration of plurality, with a cast made up of a wide variety of actors and actresses, pointing to all types of gender and fleeing the conventional, non-binary and glamorous standard of beauty, with artists who represent all popular classes.
SERIAL KELLY’s script was built in stages over several years. ‘In the land of a matador, a woman who kills is a serial killer’, says the delegate, played by Paula Cohen, in a television program, and this is the motto of the film that discusses the weight of patriarchy in Brazil. In 2010, together with Caetano and Maíra Mesquita, Guerra began research for the feature. ‘But the film is a metaphor for personal memories, a mocking and amoral look as a way of seeing a Brazil as surreal as it is painful’. The soundtrack also includes a nationalized version of the 1970s classic, by the band Talking Heads, Psyco Killer, as well as songs like Vai com Deus, Mestiça and Me usa.
In its artistic team, it still has Eva Randolph, in the montage; Tarcila Jacob and Clara Machado, signed the production design, Karen Araujo, the art direction; Kika Lopes, costume design and Uirandê Holanda, makeup.
The production is by Vania Catani from Bananeira Filmes, a co-production by Globo Filmes, Telecine and RioFilme, a body that integrates the Secretariat of Government and Public Integrity of the Municipality of Rio. With distribution by Vitrine Filmes.
While fulfilling a schedule of shows in inferninhos across the backlands, Kelly, an electronic forró singer, is also leaving a trail of deaths along the way. In its path of compulsive consumption and violence, it crosses a new northeast, spiral of an equally apocalyptic development. When she starts being investigated for murders, her mambembe tour also becomes an escape strategy. And from rising star she becomes a marginal heroine, the feared and sought after Serial Kelly, the first female serial killer in Brazil.