Simone

DIRECTOR: Juan Zapata

In Simone, director Juan Zapata creates a world where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred making it hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Inspired by true events in the life of Brazilian actress Simone Telecchi, Simone mixes elements of documentary and fiction, in a story where a woman’s unexpected love for a man puts her love for her female partner in jeopardy.

An intimate portrayal of a woman tormented by her conflict, Simone questions the freedom within relationships by showing a protagonist torn by the irreconcilable differences between her two universes and forced to reevaluate the convictions that had kept the pillars of her stable relationship in place for so long. “Loneliness is good if you know you’re going back to a dry place soon. But how is it to be wet for the rest of your life?” With the words of her lover echoing in her head, Simone wanders the streets, pondering which path to take. As she tries to appease her guilty conscience and reconcile the ambivalence of her feelings, she struggles with taking a leap of faith into the unknown that may set her free.

— JULIA BARBOSA

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F133

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