Desalma Scenario, RS consolidates itself as a destination for terror in Brazil | Rio Grande do Sul

Rio Grande do Sul has already been the setting for shooting horror and suspense productions, such as the series ‘Desalma’, which premiered on Globoplay on April 28. Other productions, such as the movie ‘Morto Não Fala’ and the series ‘Necropolis’, also shot scenes in cities in Rio Grande do Sul.

Porto Alegre is also home to one of the most important fantastic film festivals, Fantaspoa, and the Museum of Figures of Terror, located in the interior of Canela, in the Serra, helps consolidate the state as a destination for horror-themed fans.

“Rio Grande do Sul, because with more defined seasons, a more severe winter, generates this possibility to reach the other world. It does not correspond much, for example, like Pará, that is a warmer world all the time. We do here in this winter characteristic to hide, to have longer nights,” says Glauco Urbim, production director of “Morto Não Fala” (2018), who also worked on “Desalma”.

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Season 2 of 'Desalma' premieres this Thursday on Globoplay

Season 2 of ‘Desalma’ premieres this Thursday on Globoplay

The two seasons of the national series Desalma were set in the cities of Antônio Prado and São Francisco de Paula, in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul. The shooting of the second took place between June and August last year, stirring the tourism and hospitality sectors of the two cities at the time.

The production created by Ana Paula Maia is set in a fictional city of Ukrainian immigration in the interior of the southern region of the country. The series examines the occurrence of supernatural phenomena that haunt the inhabitants of the place.

“Ukrainian houses had the characteristic of being raw wood, and where we think most is in the unique scenarios they have here, only in RS, like the town of Antônio Prado, where ‘O Quatrilho’ was also filmed. It is a city of Italian immigration, but when the Ukrainians arrived, it was the same. They had the same conditions. Take this bush and turn it over. So they took the raw wood and built their houses,” he emphasizes.

One of the novelties of the second season is the arrival of Traian, a character played by actor Fábio Assunção. In an interview with RBS TVFábio, who said he found the cities calm and reminiscent of the period of his childhood.

“I find the southern climate very charming and I saw a lot of safety on the streets. I saw a group of children ring the bell and run, it reminded me of my childhood,” he says.

Scene from “Morto Não Fala”, by Dennison Ramalho, one of the films produced in Rio Grande do Sul participating in the festival — Photo: Publicity/International Border Film Festival

“Morto Não Fala” (2018) is a co-production between Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre and Globo Filmes about a night shift worker in a morgue in a large city. Though not explicitly stated, the capital Rio Grande do Sul and Viamão, in the metropolitan region, serve as scenarios for the violent environment.

Production director Glauco Urbim reveals that he was looking for more neutral locations, representing a metropolis, while holding an old seminary as his trump card to represent an abandoned place. In it, he used the surrounding woods to set the crime scene and the interior rooms to design the morgue.

“All parts of the kitchen, the abandoned spaces, the textures of the wall, the employees themselves said that it was possible to make a horror film. This company with a lot of history, people walking at night, sounds that were heard , added a lot,” he says.

Statues on display at the Museum of Figures of Terror — Photo: Museum of Figures of Terror/Disclosure

O Museum of Figures of Terror It is located on a plot inland of the town of Canela, in Serra do RS. Attractions include 33 replicas of horror movie characters and the Hobbit House, a structure inspired by the “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Production of the statues began in 2009, when sculptors Luiz Carlos da Rosa and Cleber da Rosa sculpted them and installed them on the family farm. However, it was not until 2021 that the place became known to the public via social media.

One of the museum’s owners, Márcia Dias Bernardes, says the place was not originally intended to become a tourist attraction.

“We were told that a person from Rio de Janeiro shot a video from here, showed the sculptures and published it on social networks. Because of this, we started receiving visitors and started investing in the space,” he explains. .

Márcia says the plan is to expand the site with new attractions. The place does not charge an entrance fee, but the public can spontaneously contribute. The opening hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Mata Negra”, by Rodrigo Aragão, is the opening film for Fantaspoa. — Photo: Reproduction

The main festival of productions of the fantastic genre (fantasy, science fiction, horror and thrillers) in Latin America takes place annually in Porto Alegre. This year it took place between April and May in the capital.

In honor of the centenary of the works, the classic “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” (1922), by FW Murnau, was screened with an unprecedented soundtrack composed for the expressionist classic.

“We noticed a jump in the number of film submissions, reflecting the growing interest of the industry in showcasing their works at the festival and this has resulted in the richest and most diverse program in the history of the event,” said the festival directors. , Joao Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho.

The event brought together films from 26 different countries, which were screened at international festivals such as Annecy, Berlinale, Cannes, Rotterdam Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Moscow Film Festival, Sitges, Sundance and Tallin Black Nights.

‘Necrópolis’ was filmed indoors and out in Porto Alegre — Photo: Verte Filmes/Disclosure

Assembled in a set at Tecnopuc, a technology park installed in the capital, ‘necropolis’ took the comedy to a morgue. Divided into eight episodes, the production tells the story of a newly graduated coroner who is afraid of corpses.

One of the writers of the series, Tomás Fleck, explains that all the shots were taken in different parts of Porto Alegre.

“The whole crew was from out of town, so we decided to shoot here,” he says.

* Collaborated with Juliana Borgmann

Cassia Kis plays the sorceress Den Haag in the series ‘Desalma’ — Photo: Disclosure/Globoplay

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