Paulo Coelho’s Best Story (Brazil, 1:51:07)

Directed by: Daniel Augusto

Written by: Carolina Kotscho

Cast: Júlio Andrade, Ravel Andrade, Fabiana Gugli, Fabíula Nascimento, Enrique Díaz, Paz Vega.

A suicide attempt, three passages through a psychiatrical institution, and all the conflicts a young man, thorn between Good and Evil, could face in the 70’s. Paulo Coelho’s life story is truly better than fiction.

Review:

The Pilgrim: Paulo Coelho's Best Story

By: Kerby Pierre

“The Pilgrim: Paulo Coelho’s Best Story” is a dark and intense coming of age narrative from Brazilian director Daniel Augusto. The film follows the prolific life of Paulo Coelho; a suicidal teenage boy who then becomes a experienced writer. The biopic like film delves into the power of a dream and what it takes to get there. The film spans over 40 years (the 1960s to 2013). It reveals everything about his life and milestones in-between the 40 years.

Augusto uses loud and abrasive sounds for simple things like lighting a match or flickering lights to intensify the film. We are thrown into the lifestyle of struggling artist and more importantly a man struggling with mental illness. The film weaves through time effortlessly, making it easy to follow the complex ideas of religion and dark mental imagines that Paulo grapples with. Religion is constantly in the film. He tries committing suicide, as he does so he is saying prayers and later he joins a Catholic Church cult. Religion is used as a motif in the film with consistent cut a ways to crosses and religious paraphernalia. The Pilgrim: Pablo Coelho's Best Story is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be screened at the festival on October 12-18, 2015.