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Lucas Pistilli

Film Journalist

Straight from the heart of the Amazon to Europe, this dirty writer has a penchant for the challenging and the reviled

Lucas Pistilli is a Brazilian-born journalist, currently based in Italy, with a passion for cinema and film criticism. He graduated and started out as a lawyer, before branching out to journalism in search of a more creative career and earning a Bachelor’s degree in the field. A film buff from a very early age, he studied a myriad of cinema related disciplines at uni, eventually directing an experimental short film entitled Resgate (“Rescue”), and presenting a study on the representation of male homosexual characters as his final paper.

Between 2014 and 2017, Lucas covered topics as diverse as politics, economy, culture and lifestyle for the newspaper A Crítica (from the Brazilian city of Manaus, at the heart of the Amazon). Since 2015, he has published news, interviews and film criticism for the Brazilian film portal Cine Set. Lucas has excellent command of Portuguese and English, some knowledge of French and he is now learning Italian.

Cinema for him is food for thought and should be able to awe, shock and inspire the viewer. He has a passion for fearless filmmaking. Despite that, he also understands cinema as an industry that must produce different works for the most varied purposes, and he is open-minded enough to uncover even the most reviled film gems.

His current projects involve continuing to pursue film criticism as well as studying filmmaking and film production. Lucas now writes for DMovies, and editor Victor Fraga reckons that he has a bright and dirty future ahead.

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Other posts by Lucas Pistilli
American Utopia
This high-octane two-hour crash course on David Byrne filmed by Spike Lee is the dance extravaganza the world needs right now - on DVD and VoD on Monday, December 14th [Read More...]

About Endlessness
Roy Andersson's last film is less funny and yet no less potent than his previous features, and it is a fitting swan song for the peculiar Swedish auteur - on various VoD platforms from January 1st, 2020 [Read More...]

Rose: A Love Story
A couple living in the middle of nowhere while dealing with a strange illness see their winter wonderland turn into a freezing hell in this British psychological horror - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Being a Human Person
Auspicious documentary explores the life and work of acclaimed Swedish auteur Roy Andersson - in cinemas and Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, October 16th (premiere in Camden on Wednesday, September 16th) [Read More...]

Little Girl (Petite Fille)
Loving French documentary about seven-year-old transsexual girl is defiant in its innocent resistance - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Tracey Deer's debut feature is a coming-of-age drama investigating indigenous rights and identity in Canada from a very female perspective - from Raindance [Read More...]

Brazilian LGBT drama offers an unrelenting gaze into the abyss, in a world that unceremoniously turns its back on hopeless young men - now on VoD (including BFI Player) [Read More...]

The Masseur
This Filipino movie has more potential than its execution manages to accomplish, but its gay-for-pay topic is of great interest to LGBTQ+ audiences - from the Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Memories of my Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku)
This highly lyrical Indonesian movie is a reflection on a life lived in full, exploring desire, looking for knowledge and embracing the intangible in an all-too-material world - from the Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

On a Magical Night (Chambre 212)
Christophe Honoré unofficially reimagines Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol as a French sex comedy starring a Chiara Mastroianni at the top of her game - on VoD on Friday, June 19th [Read More...]

Pablo Larraín's latest film, about a female grappling with an infertile partner and adoption, is far more subversive than his previous historical dramas - now on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Who You Think I Am (Celle Que Vous Croyez)
Thriller anchored by a sensual and committed performance by Juliette Binoche is an adult exploration of the dangers of deception - on VoD now also including Netflix [Read More...]

Goddess of the Fireflies (La Déesse des Mouches)
A girl descends into a hell of angst and addiction, in this powerful French-Canadian tale of misguided youth that premiered at the Berlinale [Read More...]

The Lawyer (Advokatas)
A corporate lawyer in Lithuania and a Syrian refugee in Serbia develop a romantic bond, in LGBT drama filmed between Vilnius and Belgrade - from BFI Flare [Read More...]

And Then We Danced
LGBT drama from Georgia is a tender coming-of-age tale about a male dancer and his partner vying for a spot in the National Ensemble - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Truth (La Vérité)
Koreeda plays with fabricated stories and memories, in his first drama outside Japan, starring Catharine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche - on Mubi in July/August [Read More...]

In this remake of Force Majeure, a woman loses faith in her husband after he runs away from an avalanche, leaving her and their two children behind - in cinemas Friday, February 28th. [Read More...]

Come to Daddy
Bloody tale of parental bonding is a nasty piece of filmmaking with vast amounts of gallows humour, starring Elijah Wood - out on VoD on Friday, Febryary 21dt [Read More...]

The Twentieth Century
Wacky Canadian comedy-drama portrays the rise to power of a very queer and unorthodox Prime Minister - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Thirty (Dreissig)
In this auspicious German drama, there are hardly any reasons to celebrate as Övünç enters the fourth decade of his life - watch it for free with ArteKino during the month of December only [Read More...]

New feature from Colombian filmmaker Alejandro Landes conjures up a psychedelic coming-of-age story, and a thriller with a generous dash of wackiness - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Twainesque road movie has enough charisma and confidence to rise above to rise above the average fare of American indies, starring Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen - now also available on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Where Hands Touch
Black girl meets white boy in Nazi Germany, what could go wrong? Romantic war drama raises questions about unshakeable national identity, in a story with many parallels to the Brexit narrative - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Sisters Brothers
Two siblings with a very peculiar surname embark on a wild wild journey, in French director's dark, amusing and yet profound Western - on Netflix on Friday, March 12th [Read More...]

Young filmmaker uses his own romantic life as the source material for his films, until one day one blossoming love changes the course of his career - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Greek man actively seeks attention and pity after his wife falls into a coma, in a quaint and twisted tale about out lack of time for each other - available throughout December with ArteKino [Read More...]

Love at First Child (Ange et Gabrielle)
L'amour reigns: French romcom about teenage pregnancy and failed fatherhood is pleasant enough to watch, but it slips way too often into the very predictable and old-fashioned - available on VoD [Read More...]

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L’Albero degli Zoccoli)
Try walking in my shoes: Italian classic set just before the turn of the 20th century is a harsh reminder that social mobility is an affront to the elites, and that those too busy surviving hardly have the time for political engagement - out in cinemas this week [Read More...]

Twelve points go to... Isabelle Huppert!!! The steely French actress plays an old Eurovision singer who fell into oblivion decades earlier, and now finds love with a younger man through her voice - in cinemas now! [Read More...]

Edith Walks
Take a walk on the wild countryside: travel almost 1,000 years back in time and join Edith the Fair in her pilgrimage towards the body of her husband tragically killed in the Battle of Hastings - Andrew Kotting's latest film is out in selected cinemas [Read More...]

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
How the King of Cool fell from grace: how extreme masculinity overconfidence, perfectionism led Steve McQueen's fall from grace - on DVD, Blu-ray and digital [Read More...]

Destiny (Der Müde Tod)
Fritz Lang's 1921 fable is a meditation on death and indifference; the film, set in Germany and three more countries, remains universal and indelible near 100 years later - restored version in cinemas and digital HD now [Read More...]

The Freedom to Marry
Freedom comes at a price: oc investigates the events that preceded the ruling that legalised gay marriage across the US, and the role of the eponymous organisation in the struggle - available now in the US and Canada [Read More...]

The Shepherd (El Pastor)
Old-fashioned Spanish country bumpkin hostile to change is tempted with the offer of a lifetime, in a plot extremely familiar to those who've seen the Brazilian classic Aquarius - in cinemas this weekend [Read More...]

When going full circle becomes inevitable: surreal Austrian comedy about a young salesman trapped on a train borrows devices from Lynch and Tarantino - in the East End Film Festival [Read More...]

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