The Nightshifter / Dennison Ramalho

  • Country and year: Brazil 2018
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 110 min
  • Director: Dennison Ramalho
  • Writer: Cláudia Jouvin, Dennison Ramalho based on book by Marco de Castro]
  • Cinematographer: André Faccioli
  • Music: Paulo Beto
  • Cast: Daniel de Oliveira, Fabíula Nascimento, Bianca Comparato, Marco Ricca, Annalara Prates
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Format: DCP

”It is the skill of the film-makers and the style of this Brazilian gem that should enable it to find an audience out of the festival and domestic circuit”
– John Higgins / Starburst

”Part Biutiful, part Dellamorte Dellamore”
– Anton Bitel / Sight and Sound

”The tension is constant. Director Dennison Ramalho gives us mangled corpses, open graves and other, less familiar horrors”
– Jennie Kermode / Eye for Film

”[Ramalho] solidifies his status as a serious talent on the international horror scene”
– Michael Gingold / Rue Morgue Magazine


”At night, a constant stream of lifeless gang members and hooligans are wheeled into São Paolo’s mortuary. If there’s no room, the bodies are temporarily stored in the corridor or by the toilets. Unhappy, hard-working assistant pathologist Stênio is never bored when things get quiet because he can talk to the dead. When Stênio finds out his wife’s secret thanks to this paranormal gift, he unintentionally sets off a chain reaction of revenge, doom and disaster.The Brazilian horror film The Nightshifter is a macabre quest for salvation with constant crime and howling sirens as its backdrop. Besides dismembered bodies and supernatural apparitions, it is mostly about Stênio’s dysfunctional family. How can he protect his children from the evil emanating from the afterlife, their violent city and their arguing parents?” – International Film Festival Rotterdam

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