A former critic and author of short films that have been well received at festivals, Kleber Mendonça Filho made his first feature film in 2013, an inventive, visually demanding film in which every detail is carefully crafted, including the haunting sound track.
Neighboring Sounds analyses the security paranoia of the residents of an upscale neighborhood. At the same time, it posits a much more political thesis, denouncing an archaic social class system that is engraved in the cold and static architecture of the residential apartment buildings. The filmmaker began by fragmenting the spaces and then composing the film the way a puzzle is put together, piece by piece, multiplying various genre approaches and creating breaks in the tone. In this way, a feeling of violence seeps in without ever actually showing violence on the screen.