The films will be screened at alternate screenings and will show the views of the client and her boyfriend, the killer.
By Maria Clara Rossini
Sep 26, 2019, 20:02
In 2002, the murder of Manfred and Marísia von Richthofen shocked the country. TV stations even considered broadcasting the case live, so much was the interest of the population in the process. Is not for nothing. The crime was committed at the behest of the couple's daughter, Suzane von Richthofen, by her boyfriend, Daniel Cravinhos – with the help of her brother Cristian. After almost 20 years, the story will return to the screen – but this time, the cinema.
The same event will be told in two different films: “The Girl Who Killed My Parents” tells Suzane's version, while “The Boy Who Killed My Parents” shows Daniel's side. The two feature films begin the story as they know each other in 1999, address the murder in 2002, and end in the boyfriends trial in 2006 (if you want to recall the walkthrough of the case, SUPER has summarized that you can check it here).
The films will be released simultaneously in theaters and screened in alternate sessions. The proposal is for the viewer to watch one of the films, leave the theater, and enter the other immediately to follow the second version of the case. Each of the feature films will take about 70 or 80 minutes.
“It's the first time in world cinema that they will do that,” says screenwriter Raphael Montes. “Both films work a lot with mirror scenes. These are scenes where one side has her vision, and the other side has her vision. It's the same scene – only different. ”
Initially, that was not the idea. Director Mauricio Eça thought of making a film about the case and invited the criminologist Ilana Casoy to write a script. She followed Suzane and Daniel's trial in 2006 and wrote two books on the case: The Fifth Commandment – Police Case and Family Cases: Richthofen Files and Nardoni Files.
Ilana Casoy, in turn, called the writer Raphael Montes to participate in the project with her. Originally, Mauricio, the director, intended the film to address the post-crime situation, which the public already knows well from news coverage. To avoid the commonplace, the writing duo devised another way to tell the story, based on Suzane and Daniel's testimony to the court.
Only then did the idea of making a long two in one come up. “The case everyone knows, the question is how you tell him,” says Montes. "The version she told and he told were very different."
According to the writer, the purpose is to address the psychology behind the crime. "There is no justification, no explanation, but there is at least one logic, however misleading, behind it."
The films are scheduled to open in the first half of 2020.