You may know Brazilian singer/songwriter, Seu Jorge, as the forlorn guitarist in “The Life Aquatic,” whose David Bowie covers were among the most unforgettable songs in film of the last decade. He’s also appeared in roles in “City of God,” and “The Escapist.”
In this first part of director Kahlil Joseph’s “The Model,” Jorge plays one of the most chill men in the world as he strolls deliberately through a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, playing host and sings in smooth, lulling tones. The familiar songs you hear are three covers from the Seu Jorge and Almaz album, “The Model” (Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” Martinho da Vila and João de Aquino’s “Cirandar” and Kraftwerk’s, “The Model”). Along with Jorge, the short features members of Almaz (Lucio Maia and Pupillo from stalwart Brazilian band Nação Zumbi), producer Mario C and keyboardist Money Mark.
We’re premiering the second part of the film — which explores Jorge’s relationship with the model that taunts his dreams — along with an interview with Jorge later this month. Here’s the first enticing chapter: