Ilha das Flores/Isle of Flower
Ilha das Flores/Isle of Flower is a 1989 Brazilian short film by Jorge Furtado. It tracks the path of a tomato from garden to dump with the help of a monotone voiceover and excellent collages and images. While a very humorous film, the message it delivers about how human beings treat each other is quite sobering. The director himself has stated that the film was inspired by the works of Kurt Vonnegut and Alain Resnais, among others. It is often listed in the 100 best documentaries of all time by European critics.
The film has been denounced as “materialistic” because one of its early credits displays the phrase “God doesn’t exist”. Nevertheless, critic Jean-Claude Bernardet defined Isle of Flowers “a religious film”, and the Brazilian National Bishop Confederation awarded the film with the Margarida de Prata (Silver Daisy), calling it “the best Brazilian film of the year” in 1990. In 1995, Isle of Flowers was chosen by the European critics as one of the 100 most important short films of the century. (12 min)