Behind his thick glasses, Xico likes to daydream as he drives around in their truck Big Jet, as his dad makes his rounds cleaning the streets in their barrio with no sanitation. His dad drinks and hits him sometimes, calls him a dreamy poet. Xico’s anarchist uncle Nelson however, a hard-partying radio host, gives him a typewriter. In marvelously melancholy fashion, BIG JET captures the moment in the life of a 15-year-old when childhood and growing up collide.
Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Rafael Nicacio, Jards Macalé, Marcelia Cartaxo
Screenplay: HIlton Lacerda, Anna Carolina Francisco
Original Material: Xico Sá
Director of Photography: Marcelo Durst
Film Editor: Karen Harley
Composer: Dj Dolores
Production Designer: Ananias de Caldas, Karen Araújo
Costume Design: Carolina Azevedo
Sound: Mirian Biderman
Producer: Cláudio Assis, Marcello Ludwig Maia
Production Company: Republica Pureza Filmes
Co-Production Company: Perdidas Ilusoes Ltda
World Sales: ArtHouse BR Distribuidora
Director: Cláudio Assis
Cláudio Assis was born in Caruaru, in Pernambuco state, Northeastern Brazil, in 1959. He acted in the theater group Caruaru Fair, and shot a series of shorts starting 1993. He won the prize of the Int’l Confederation of Art Theaters for his debut feature AMARELO MANGA (2002) at the Berlinale Forum 2003. Next came BAIXIO DAS BESTAS (2006) and FEBRE DO RATO (2011). BIG JATO won prizes for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Soundtrack at Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro.