Runtime: 1 hr 16 min (76 min)
In 1994, eleven-year-old Leonardo dreamed of becoming a soccer player to escape the slums of Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a documentary, he made his dream come true. Twenty years later, Leonardo, now a star and a millionaire, returns to the people he left behind. The sequel reflects on a question: what does it mean when a film takes over your life?
Solo; Out of a Dream portrays the life and history of Leonardo. Twenty years ago, he was the main character in the award-winning documentary "Solo; The Law of the Favela".
In 1994, Leonardo and Anselmo were 11 years old. They lived in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, were the best of friends, and dreamed of becoming professional soccer players. As a direct result of the documentary, Leonardo came to The Netherlands at the age of 14 to play for topclub Feyenoord. He went on to play for Ajax and top teams in Europe, became a star, and a millionaire.
During the 2014 World Championship in Brazil, the filmmaker and Leonardo return to Rio de Janeiro. Together, we go look for Anselmo and other people from the documentary. Against this backdrop, Leonardo evaluates his life, and gradually, a personal tragedy emerges. Thus, the film reflects on the question of what it means when a film takes over your life.
Solo; Out of a Dream is about boyhood dreams, ambition, sacrifices, fate, and inevitable loss.
Written & Directed by Jos de Putter
Director of photography: Brian Sewell
Edited by Danniel Danniel
Sound recording: Pedro Rodrigues
Original music by Vladimir Chab
Sound design: Boon & Booy
Produced by Wink de Putter / Jos de Putter
2nd camera: Elizabeth Salgado
Producer Brazil: Bob Nadkarni
Commissioning editor: vpro Barbara Truyen
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