Alexandre Cotinz

Zonzo

In addition to the always outstandingly creative, insanely rugged, against-all-odds excellent street skateboarding from the cream of the crop of Brazilian skateboarding, what we appreciate in Murilo Romão's frequent productions (the former ones we've introduced to you before, here) is his will, as a true filmmaker, to push the envelope of the medium of the skate video, and the spectrum of its language.

His works along with his collective Flanantes transcends the documentation of hard-hitting urban stunts (amongst other various reinterpretations of apparently quite hostile settings), by always placing it at the core of a given, coherent context.

This time, it is the body of work of Italian architect Francesco Careri that caught his attention for long enough that he articulated his whole new full-length film around an idea that we'll let him go in depth about, below:

"Francesco Careri, dans son ouvrage classique 'Walkscapes : la marche comme pratique esthétique', détaille les avantages de la marche, de l'exploration et d'à quel point il peut être bénéfique pour l'humain de s'égarer car, parmi les cultures dites primitives, les sédentaires qui ne se perdaient jamais ne progressaient jamais autant que les peuples nomades. Vers la fin du livre, il détaille la ville de Zonzo, une métropole imaginaire et métaphorique qui serait une ville dans la ville ; à mon esprit, c'est très proche des skateurs, à la perpétuelle recherche de Zonzo dans leurs déplacements imprévisibles. "Zonzo", cette nouvelle vidéo Flanantes, est infusée de cette pulsion d'explorer de nouvelles zones de la ville, ou de sa périphérie ; des zones abandonnées, des lieux en transformation spatiale comme temporelle et finalement, on se rend compte qu'en pratique, qui perd en temps gagne en espace." - Murilo Romão

Destination: Brazil!

Never not on the hunt for original spots! And quirky utilizations of them at that; Brazilian filmmaker (author of Doppelgänger) Cotinz rides for Hocks shoes, which just dropped a new video part of his, demonstrating his unique vision.
 
We’ve met Cotinz a few times in Rio De Janeiro over the years at the skate video festival called Mimpi. The dates for this year’s edition just dropped: Mimpi 2018 will take place on November 15th-16th-17th at Parque Laje in Rio. And, if you want to submit some of your own video productions, you should and have until September 22nd, to do so, here: www.mimpifilmfest.com.br

 

Hot nights

The collective mind imagines Brasilian nights as panting and full of surprises, and the megalopolis of Sao Paulo could only fit the fantasy criteria… As seen by Murillo under the Flanantes microscope, local nights are more than busy, from the spot locs to the visitors: the creme de la creme of the national scene, with a particular way to look at the city. One will note the special work on sounds to create the mood for this street masterpiece!

Situation

Where our friend Murilo manages to get the permit to skate for three days only Praça Victor Civita, a privately owned space completely forbidden to any four wheelers, despite inviting shapes and forms… The whole thing also seem like a trap, but with the cream of Brazilian street skaters, they manage to make the best of their (short) time there!

Murilo's tip: "em movimento sincopado."

Our expert in all things filmed in Portuguese sends your way a rather radical dose of sun drenched street skateboarding… The Brazilian skating we love to watch!

Brazilian Week: Cotinz!

Let's follow the "influential on many levels" lead with a one of a kind character that has had an impact on the local scene via his own video productions, like the Beats full-length, but also with his very own take on the skateboard riding thing. To the point where he claims only focusing on skating these days, and leaving the camera behind… Watching the results, no one is going to object it! Let's note the ollie out to frontal wallride thingy, amongst much much more…

Brazilian week: "Sob a aparente desordem"

Murilo Romão has his own take of the street… In the way he skates it, first of all, but also the way he captures it, with his very own video projects, including his most recent full length, Flanantes, that is reaching cult classic status in Brazil, for the way it captures Sao Paulo (where he is based) and Rio's scenes. Raw and cautious, clever and bold: this is Murilo and his vision!

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