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Directed by Sissel Morell Dargis


Director: Sissel Morell Dargis
Section: International Independents
Country: Denmark, Spain
Year: 2024
Language: Portuguese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
18+ (no age rating)


A portrait of the Brazilian “balloon mafia” in images that are both immediate and memorable.

Art exists to be seen! In the favelas of Brazil, a secret society is busy making elaborately designed hot-air balloons up to 70 meters tall and flying them clandestinely. The authorities are trying to crack down on the community. Director Sissel Dargis Morell is right in the heart of it.

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Photocredits: House of Real; Director's Photo: Sissel Morell Dargis


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Meet the director


Sissel Morell Dargis

Sissel Dargis Morell’s involvement in the graffiti scene led her to photography and ultimately to documentary filmmaking. She attended the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba, where she made several short documentaries. She then studied video games and animation at the National Film School of Denmark and developed the indie game Cai Cai Balão, which is based on this film.


Screenplay: Sissel Morell Dargis
Director of Photography: Sissel Morell Dargis, Elisa Barbosa Riva
Film Editor: Rikke Selin Als, Biel Andrés, Isabel De Castro Monteiro, Steen Johannessen, Bruno Heirrerro Parente
Composer: Lucas Ariel, Victor Luis Mac Dalland Espasandin
Sound design: Daniel Castilla Galán, Arturo Espinosa, Carlos E. Garcia, César González Cortés
Animation: Anders Berthelsen, Denis Chapon, Lise Uldbjerg Jorgensen, Christoffer Kramme
Producer: Jesper Jack, Marie Schmidt-Olesen, Sissel Morell Dargis
Production Company: House of Real, Polarstar Films
Executive producer: Max Peltz, Marieke van den Bersselaar
Co-Producer: Carles Brugueras, Marieke van den Bersselaar
World Sales: Cargo Film & Releasing