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OPEN AIR OPERA: THE PEARL FISHERS – ON THE MAX CHANNEL

17.10.2018

Directed by Carlos Nader, the documentary Open Air Opera: The Pearl Fishers accompanies the work of Fernando Meirelles in a new setting: the opera. For six months, Meirelles’s work of staging the opera was registered by Nader. The results can be seen again on October 23 at 8:10 pm on the Max Channel. Take a look HERE to see the dates and times for other showings.

The Pearl Fishers is an opera in three acts which tells the story of childhood friends who reunite in a fishing village on the coast of Ceylon. With the arrival of a woman whom they’re both in love with, they have to choose between love and friendship. The feature film also features interviews with the cast dealing with what it’s like to put on an opera, and the perceptions of director Fernando Meirelles about the challenge of creating something completely new, staging the production from scratch.

Carlos Nader uses a daring and original narrative construction, while Meirelles as the director of the opera innovates in his work as well, incorporating filmed segments into the live performance and imprinting his cinematic style on the staging of the spectacle.