Júlio Bressane – Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema (1969)

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This film caused controversy in 1969, not just for its content, but above all for its daring and sparse approach to that content. Today, it is regarded as a classic of Brazilian cinema. The title of the film was inspired by the headlines of the ‘gutter’ or yellow press. Right from the start the title is literal: a young, lower middle class man kills his father and mother and goes to the movies… to see Lost in Love. From then on the film-within-a-film takes over. Fiction and fact blend into each other and it is no longer clear on what level of ‘reality’ – or of the imaginary – we are existing. The film gets rid of the usual parameters of representation and the stories overflow their boundaries, that usually circumscribe action. In Lost in Love two upper-middle-class girls hide away in a mansion in the hills. But there is also an affair between two poor girls, there are two tormented young men of different social standing, there are references to the political context of the time. To make matters more uncertain, the same actors play different characters. The actions of social violence correspond to acts of violence against the syntax of the film itself: the discontinued and fragmented development, the daring ellipses, the juxtaposition of disconnected elements, the rupture of the sound space. Bressane works on his dialectics of discomfort. Projected onto the screen is a true ‘impression of reality’ and a ‘suspension of disbelief’ in the cinema. Continue reading Júlio Bressane – Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema (1969)

Affonso Uchoa & João Dumans – Arábia AKA Araby (2017)

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Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook, and it’s here that Araby begins — or, rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures, and loves. Beautifully written and filmed, ARABY is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a ten-year journey in search of a better life. Continue reading Affonso Uchoa & João Dumans – Arábia AKA Araby (2017)

Antonio Carlos da Fontoura – Somos Tão Jovens AKA We are So Young (2013)

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We are So Young (Portuguese: Somos tão Jovens) is a 2013 Brazilian biographical drama film about Brazilian singer Renato Russo. The film does not follow the life of Renato Russo. The focus is his adolescence, his physical problems and the discover of his love for music. It is directed by Antônio Carlos da Fontoura, written by Marcos Bernstein and starring Thiago Mendonça and Laila Zaid. Was released in Brazilian theaters by distributors Imagem Filmes and Fox Film on May 3, 2013.[3] Continue reading Antonio Carlos da Fontoura – Somos Tão Jovens AKA We are So Young (2013)

Juliana Antunes – Baronesa (2017)

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Andreia wants to move out. Leid is waiting for her husband, who is in prison. They are neighbors in a poor suburban slum of Belo Horizonte, trying to escape the daily dangers of a drug traffic war happening on the outside and avoid the tragedy that comes with the rain. Continue reading Juliana Antunes – Baronesa (2017)

Glauber Rocha – Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol AKA Black God White Devi (1964)

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Black God, White Devil (Portuguese: Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol, literally, “God and the Devil in the Land of Sun”) is a 1964 Brazilian film directed and written by Glauber Rocha. The film stars Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle, Yoná Magalhães, and Geraldo Del Rey. It belongs to the Cinema Novo movement, addressing the socio-political problems of 1960s Brazil.

Glauber Rocha was 25 years old when he wrote and began to direct the film. Continue reading Glauber Rocha – Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol AKA Black God White Devi (1964)

J. Soares – A Filha do Advogado aka The Daughter of the Lawyer (1926)

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“In Recife, Dr. Paulo is an important lawyer that has a daughter, Heloísa, with his paramour and living in the country. A few days before traveling to Europe, Dr. Paulo asks to a close friend to bring Heloísa to Recife. Meanwhile, his bohemian and irresponsible son Helvécio meets Heloísa, and without knowing that she is his sister, he tries to rape her, and she kills him. Heloísa is arrested and goes to trial without any evidence to prove that she self-defended her honor” Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( IMDB)
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