Music When The Lights Go Out

Música para quando as luzes se apagam

2017 / Feature / Documentary

Written and directed by Ismael Caneppele

Production Companies: Zeppelin Filmes and Besouro Filmes

Funds: Edital SEDAC 11 2014

Music when the lights go out is a documentary floating on this thin border between fiction and reality. An author comes to a small city in Brazil’s countryside, to turn Emelyn’s life into a fictional narrative. The more the author teases Emelyn with cameras, the more she becomes Bernard, a teenager boy divided between living the desire and continuing desiring.


  • 50ª Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro / Official selection / Special Jury Award: Best social actress for Emelyn Fischer
  • 25th Mix Brasil Festival of Diversity / Official Selection
  • XIII Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema / Official Selection / Honorable mention for the innovative language
  • 41ª São Paulo International Film Festival / Official Selection
  • Semana d_s Realizador_s / Best Editing
  • FOR RAINBOW - Film Festival of Culture of Sexual Diversity / Official Selection / Critic Award for Feature Film / Elke Maravilha Award for Best Cinematography
  • Mostra de Audiovisual de Petrópolis
  • 49th Visions du Réel International Film Festival / Burning Lights Competition / Jury Prize of the Hoteliers of La Côte for The most innovative film of the Burning Lights Competition
  • 25° Sheffield Doc/Fest / Competição Art Doc Award / Art Doc Award
  • Amor - Festival Internacional de Cinema LGBT+ / International Competition
  • Verão in New York: A Summer of Brazilian Cinema / LGBTQ Brazil
  • DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival / Selection Between my Fingers and the World’s Flesh
  • 46ª Festival de Cinema de Gramado
  • Festival FILMAR en América Latina
  • Cine Esquema Novo – Arte Audiovisual Brasileira 2018

Labs, markets and events

  • DocSP 2016 / Rough Cut Lab
  • Plataforma:LAB 2016