Express Kidnapping (in post-production)
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Isabel, a 25-year-old girl, is kidnapped. The first ATM the criminals try to withdraw money from is broken. It’s almost 10:00pm. The kidnappers realize they will not be able to get to the next one on time. What was meant to be an express kidnapping becomes an all-night imprisonment.
An express kidnapping is a common type of criminal activity in Latin America. Criminals take someone to an ATM machine and force the victim to withdraw money from his or her bank account. In Brazil, ATMs started to remain unavailable from 10:00pm till 6:00am to prevent this crime.
Isabel gets out of a bar in a bohemian neighborhood. When she gets close to her car, Matheus, 34, and Japonês, 21, stop her and force her to get into her car. The guys are not friends. They are together to perform a series of kidnappings that night. Isabel is their first victim. They are nervous and so is Isabel.
The first ATM they go to is broken. It’s almost 10:00pm. Both guys realize they will not be able to reach the next ATM so they decide to keep her as a hostage until they find a working ATM in the morning.
The three of them spend the night going from one side to the other of the city, most of the time through avenues and neighborhoods on the outskirts, in order to gain time and to decide what to do with Isabel. A hostage in her own car, Isabel will have to negotiate her life with Matheus and Japonês throughout the entire night.
a production Tangerina Entretenimento and Manjericão Filmes
coproduced by Globo Filmes
associate producers Guel Arraes and George Moura
Marina Ruy Barbosa as Isabel
Sidney Santiago Kuanza as Matheus
Daniel Rocha as the Japanese
Projota as Daniel
MC Linn da Quebrada as Marilda
Danilo de Moura as Pirraça
João Signorelli as Oswaldo
Malu Bierrenbach as Lorena
Tess Amorim, Jô Freitas and Marina Matheus as Isabel’s friends
Paula Pretta as Woman at ATM machine
André Whoong as Drug dealer
Che Morais as Edinho
directed by Tata Amaral
screenplay by Marton Olympio
treatment by Tata Amaral
produced by Tata Amaral and Rafaella Costa
executive producer Rafaella Costa
cinematography Carlos Zalasik
art director Vera Hamburger
editing Rodrigo Menecucci
sound editing Pedro Noizyman
original soundtrack André Whoong
sound João Godoy
casting Luciano Baldan
acting coach Fátima Toledo
costume designer Andrea Simonetti
makeup André Anastácio
Project selected by Chamada Pública BRDE/FSA PRODAV 05/2013 (Brazilian public fund for the development of screenplays)