The Trial

The Trial is located in Brazil in the end of 2015. It unveils the whole process of impeachment against the first female president of the country, Dilma Rousseff. The documentary kicks off with passionate speeches from Brazilian deputies during the votation about starting (or not) the case. Democracy is unfolding.

This observational documentary, where there is no place for direct interviews nor voice overs, portrays the ins-and-outs of the political struggles that will lead Rousseff out of the Presidential House.

The director, Maria Augusta Ramos, places the camera in a privileged and unique place, behind the President’s defense team. This gesture puts viewers in the center of the drama and, at the same time, gives them access to the core of the cynical political world.

The Trial, which clearly pays a tribute to Kafka‘s book of the same name, flees headlines and openly details the political ambitions for rising to power by its surreal and absurd tints. Finally, the film ends with a curtain of black smoke covering the screen, could this be a prophetic gesture of what awaits Brazil’s destiny?

Diego Ginartes

Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: O Processo
  • Director: Maria Ramos
  • Country: Brazil
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 140 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Alan Schvarsberg
  • Editing: Karen Akerman
  • Music: Marta Lopes
  • Production: Maria Ramos / Nofoco Filmes


  • Kinopalatsi 6: Wed 30.1. at 19.15
  • Maxim 1: Fri 1.2. at 17.00
  • Maxim 1: Sun 3.2. at 17.15