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Films From Brazil

A creatively edited and richly illustrated historical survey of Brazilian cinema from 1898 to the present day. ... Read more
A meditation on walking, Passage recounts a journey without a destination. On Brazilian highways that never end the memories of the walker are transformed through the passage of time, the landscape, and the experience of making the film. ... --- ... D/S Clarrisa Campolina, Helvecio Marins JrP ... Read more
More than 50 per cent of the population of Brazil is under 21, including more than three million homeless children — children who wander the teeming slums of principal cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; children who are the prey of older criminals and each other because Brazilian laws ... Read more
The Pope, 50,000 pilgrims, one public toilet. ... It's 1988, and as Pope John Paul II makes his way through South America his journey guides him towards the poverty-stricken Uruguayan border town of Melo. Soon, word spreads that thousands will make the pilgrimage across the Brazilian border to see ... Read more
[Rolling Family] is rooted in the stories of director Pablo Trapero's own family and friends. Somewhere between a road movie and a family drama, it takes its wonderfully authentic cast on a journey through the emotional labyrinth of familial relationships. Emila, Trapero's own grandmother, receives ... Read more
Narrates a journey of displacement, combining 8mm found footage and rich reconstructions of the Brasiliarios film where the author's parents met. --- D/S/P Ana Vaz TD: digibeta/2007/20mins ... Read more
Two teenage boys hang out shooting the breeze. A gunshot rings out. They don't bother to go see who got shot. Just another day tn the suburbs of Sao Paulo. Young Brazilian filmmaker, Andrea Seligmann casts a cool eye over her home town where rap, drugs, violence and crime are the currency of daily ... Read more
Revenge of poetry and photography. Foam in the images obtained from direct manipulation of the negatives. ... --- D/S/P Cristiana Miranda TD video/B&W/2006/4mins ... Read more
... ... In this scabrous debut feature. Sao Paulo producer/director Vinicius Mainardi takes on the Brazilian class struggle with a vengeance-sparing no one. Businessman Vittorio foils a robbery by stabbing, but not killing, Jackson, a petty thief who breaks into his sumptuous villa. Worried about ... Read more
Sonhos de Peixe screened as part of International Critic's Week at Cannes Film Festival and won the Prix Regards Jeune. A village romance clashes with big city dreams in this engaging love story from Russian-born filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky. Jusce enjoys a simple life in a small fishing village in ... Read more
Take Buena Vista Social Club, pump the volume up to 11 (Spinal Tap style), and crank the colour beyond garish. This musical road movie is a 4,000km journey of discovery into the musicians, singers and dancers in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco and Bahia - three Brazilian states that symbolise Brazil's ... Read more
On the streets of São Paulo, a filmmaker and his team set up a shop that makes and sells short films on demand. The vendors provide direction, lighting and editing, and deliver the finished film on DVD later the same day. An exuberant film about filmmaking at its most inventive. ... D/P/S ... Read more
"An impressively dense yet fleeting concatenation of doomed love, colonial guilt [and] a reflection on the changing aesthetics and characteristics of cinema." - Cinema Scope ... Pilar is troubled by her neighbour, Aurora, a lonely, temperamental woman in her 80s who escapes to the casino whenever ... Read more
A prominent American sociologist arrives in Brazil praising the work of a man long dead and forgotten, Pedro Arcanjo. The American regards Arcanjo as the world's greatest sociologist. Local newspapers and television stations immediately try to find out who this man was. ... They go back through ... Read more
A randy but otherwise impoverished university student borrows from his sister and works at odd jobs to support a life of unrelieved perplexity and emotional indecision. He is frustrated in all directions, including his varied sex life, from which he gains no satisfaction, whether with a fellow ... Read more
The Bandit is the first Brazilian film to be shown in Australia. In 1953 it was awarded the prize for "films of adventure" at the Cannes Festival, being described as a "tragic-love story, played out in an atmosphere of looting, torture and assassination," thus living up to the traditional ... Read more
In this adaptation of a play by Dias Gomes, the director has transited the action to the streets cafes and church steps of Salvador, Brazil. It is a story of simple faith in conflict with sophistication, the evils of the city, the authoritarianism of the Church, and the power of politics. ... A ... Read more
A film about the sculptor and miniature-painter, Oscar Blois, remarkable not only for his artistic creations, but also for his contact with extraterrestrial beings who teach him trinogy - a mathematical method which aids him in the art of fortune telling. ... Read more
Winner of every major film prize in its home country and selected for over a dozen Festivals worldwide. This hard-hitting documentary parallels the lives of two young men who have chosen very different paths in dealing with the horrifying violence that grips their city. ... Helmho is a 21 year old ... Read more
Maiquel just wants a quiet, normal life. This simple plan goes out the window when he loses a soccer bet and has to dye his hair blonde. Cruelly teased by a much-loathed neighbourhood drug dealer, Maiquel snaps and shoots the man. Suddenly he is a folk hero, a protector of the meek, even endorsed ... Read more
Prophet of Hunger is about contradictions—in this case that of a man who endures hunger in order to earn money for food. ... The film is based on the life of Siki, the fakir who attempted to surpass the world's record for fasting while on show In a glass case. The entire story is taken from ... Read more
Pure, vintage Oliveira in this tale of a seductive revenant. ... Centenarian filmmaker and MIFF mainstay Manoel de Oliveira (Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, MIFF 09 and Christopher Columbus - The Enigma, MIFF 08) continues to explore his favoured theme of frustrated love. ... A Jewish ... Read more
"The Trespasser went down so well when it screened at Sundance 2002 (it picked up the best Latin American feature prize) that director and co-writer Beto Brant was approached for US remake rights and directing jobs. The fast-paced, searing thriller highlights the gulf between the rich and the poor ... Read more
Translates the experimental prose of Brazilian poet and cultural agitator Paulo Leminski into a tactile dance of light and texture. ... --- D/P/S Cristiana Miranda L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
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