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Films From Brazil

“It's really not at all hard to be swept along by [Girimunho]'s manifold visual and aural pleasures.” - Hollywood Reporter ... At 81, Bastu (playing herself) enjoys partying with friends ‘til the wee hours. One morning, she wakes to find her husband dead and is forced to rethink her life ... Read more
Golden Gate tells a gripping story of two kids living in one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janeiro. All they want is some pocket money to go to a concert. This beautifully produced film screened at Sundance and New York and was a prize winner at Berlin. ... Read more
"In Hélio Oiticica, the nephew of a Brazilian artist follows the steps of his uncle, who is called Brazil's Andy Warhol. The experimentations by a free spirit who died young are an archival collage of decades of Brazilian culture." - Screen International ... Hailed as one of the most ... Read more
“The physical, emotional and cosmic unite in Andrucha Waddington's powerful The House of Sand… magnificently renders a fresh view of life on planet Earth.” - Variety ... This epic drama plays out on the sandy plains of northern Maranhão where three generations of women live out a ... Read more
In sixteenth century Brazil, a Frenchman is caught by a cannibalistic tribe of Indians. When he demonstrates his skill with firearms, they decide to spare his life so that he can train them in the use of the cannon, which will come in handy in their fights against the Portuguese conquerors. ... He ... Read more
This film shows the recent exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Sao Paulo. Ibirapuera reflects the past of the city and its industrial development for the past 400 years. ... Read more
12-year-old Joyce and her sister Larissa are practicing to be women: putting on make-up, dancing seductively, and (for Joyce) falling in love. --- D/P/S Caroline Leone TD 35mm/2007/13mins ... Read more
A day in the village life of a primitive Indian tribe in Brazil which is a microcosm of a dying culture. A vivid anthropological record, with music by the Indians themselves. ... Read more
A record of an Indian ritual that takes place at Xingu after the death of the chief. ... Read more
In the backwaters of Brazil, the small town of Sertao has been neglected by the government, despite its drought-ravaged landscape. An old woman, Maria, a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, or possibly even Jesus, leads a small num­ber of holy women through the suffering of the Sertanejos ... Read more
This evocative one-shot film depicts the daily life and fragmented aural memories of PolySom, the last vinyl record factory in Latin America. ... Read more
Parable on discrimination against Asians, based on a chapter of the book Fazenda Modelo by Pedro Buarque de Holanda. ... Read more
Macunaima comes from the studios of the Brazilian Cinema Novo group, young filmmakers working on Indian culture and usually delving into social, economic and political ills with seriousness or visionary zeal. ... This time, however, they have embarked upon comedy to convey their message in a ... Read more
Almost three million women in Brazil work as maids. The wealth of stories these women have to tell prompted directors Fernando Meirelles and Nando Oiival to make a comedy based on the award winning p!ay by Renata Melo. Nominated for a Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film ... Read more
Darlene, heavily pregnant, waits in the dust outside a tumbled down church for a bridegroom who will never appear. Resigned to her fate, she leaves the Brazilian backwater she lives in to return three years later, once again scouting a husband. Regina Case, one of Brazil's most popular actresses ... Read more
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, the founding figure of South American 'cinema novo', Memories of Prison has been hailed as the greatest Brazilian film of recent years. And like his early classic Vidas Secas (Barren Lives 1963), Pereira dos Santos' new film is based on a novel by Graciliano ... Read more
A young man who refuses to spend the turn of the centu­ry behind bars will have to murder his best friend in order to gain his freedom. A young woman, suddenly deserted by her lover, contemplates suicide. They find one anoth­er at midnight on the roof of a building overlooking Copacabana ... Read more
The daily life of women sugar cane workers, emphasising the emotional side of the women's lives. After back-breaking work on the plantations all day, they return home to the drudgery of household chores and responsibilities of caring for their families. ... Read more
“Superbly constructed, skillfully acted and beautifully lensed... That Filho can juggle so many important issues without being heavyhanded or dropping even one speaks volumes about his strengths as scripter, helmer and co-editor.” - Variety ... A multitude of lives intersect, collide and ... Read more
The Night of the Scarecrow has been described as a folk legend, a social documentary, a passion play, a musical tragi-comedy. It is the second feature directed by Brazilian singer-composer Sergio Ricardo. He shot the film entirely on location in Nova Jerusalem Pernambuco, the largest open air ... Read more
Nina Brazil 'Young Nina, an intelligent and talented comic-strip artist, has a full-time job attending hip parties and scraping together enough money to finance her lifestyle. This latter activity is however not very successful and she has great difficulty coughing up the rent for landlady ... Read more
A genuine oddity - a full length Brazilian documentary about Orson Welles' uncompleted It's All True, filmed by Welles with a crew of 40, and 12 cameras in Brazil and Mexico in 1941. For a variety of reasons the footage was never edited into a coherent film. ... Seven years in the making director ... Read more
“A beautiful and respectful adaptation of Jack Kerouac's landmark novel.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Director Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) successfully takes on a project that has confounded numerous filmmakers for over 50 years: Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat novel On The ... Read more
Veteran director Ruy Guerra has directed Brazil's first musical - a handsome, large budget production freely adapted from Brecht's Threepenny Opera, crossed with splashings of Busby Berkeley and Vincente Minnelli. Guerra's film is set among the 'malandro' of Rio de Janeiro in 1941 - a collection of ... Read more
A glorious rendition of the mythical low affair between Orpheus and Euridice, set amidst the pageantry and splendour of Camivale. The Orfeu of this tale is a legendary singer and guitarist whose playing enchants all. In a Rio neighbourhood wracked by drugs, crime and violence, his powerful music is ... Read more
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