A MACHINE TO LIVE IN is a documentary feature about cosmic dreams and mystical architecture at the heart of Brazil’s remote wilderness. Through an emergent polyphonic text composed of four personalities, the film moves from the hyper-designed, space-age city of BrasÃlia to the vast and flourishing landscape of UFO cults, spiritist temples, and utopian outposts. BrasÃlia, a sixties-era megaproject, is a crumbling monument to an obsessively rational dream of state power. Lined with massive concrete domes, pyramids, and geometric “superblocks,” the city resembles a highly-planned moonpad in some outdated sci-fi vision of the future. A future where an ultra-rational urban design produces the ultra-rational citizen, living harmoniously in machine-like order. Yet the people who arrived to witness this utopian project in the hinterlands were themselves possessed by their own powerful visions of the future.
Directed by Yoni Goldstein and Meredith Zielke
United States | 2020
Documentary, Sci-fi, Brazil, Future