Brazil

Bruno Barreto – Bossa Nova (2000)

Rio lawyer Pedro Paulo is recently separated from his travel agent wife Tania. His office has taken on an energetic new intern, Sharon. Pedro Paulo is working on a divorce case – his own father’s… Mary Ann is an English language teacher living in Rio. Her friend Nadine has been having an Internet romance with Gary, a SoHo artist. Nadine decides to visit Gary in New York; she books her flight through Tania… Soccer star Acacio is going to play for a team in England. He has been taking private lessons with Mary Ann. Is he reading too much into the word “private”? Pedro Paulo catches a glimpse of Mary Ann and decides he should study English again… Acacio needs some legal help with his new contract. He goes to Pedro Paulo’s office, but the only one in is Sharon. Read More »

Karim Aïnouz – A Vida Invisível AKA Invisible Life (2019)

Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away. Read More »

Nelson Pereira dos Santos – Raízes do Brasil: Uma Cinebiografia de Sérgio Buarque de Holanda AKA The Roots of Brazil (2003)

Cinebiography of celebrated historian Sérgio Buarque de Hollanda, who wrote the seminal “Raízes do Brasil” in 1935, with interviews with his large family (including his widow and his seven children, among them famous composer/singer/writer Chico Buarque and singer Miúcha) and scholar friend Antonio Candido. Read More »

Alexandre Moratto – Socrates (2018)

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After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates, a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own while coming to terms with his grief. Read More »

Petra Costa – Democracia em Vertigem AKA The Edge of Democracy (2019) (HD)

Synopsis:
A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, the personal and political fuse in The Edge of Democracy to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with accounts of her own family’s complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, 2012) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains. Read More »

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – Garrincha – Alegria do Povo AKA Garrincha: Joy of the People AKA Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (1963)

The legendary Cinema Novo director Joaquim Pedro de Andrade made his feature debut with this mesmerizing 1962 documentary about an even greater Brazilian legend: Mane Garrincha, the phenomenal striker from a desperately poor village who somehow turned his bent and misshapen knees into a remarkable asset. Joaquim Pedro’s work has the hallmarks of an essay film. It makes the methodical case for the role of soccer in the lives of Brazilians, and then tries to place Garrincha — who stuck to his provincial roots and beliefs even after achieving superstardom — within the context of a country struggling to find its place in the world.
— Bilge Ebiri (The Village Voice) Read More »

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – O Aleijadinho AKA The Little Cripple (1978)

A brief piece on one of the greatest Brazilian artists of all time, Antônio Francisco Lisboa, the Aleijadinho. An important representant of the Baroque period in Brazil, Aleijadinho was famous for his artistic sculptures and figures made in soapstone, part of the many historical churches and other architetural monuments all located in Minas Gerais. Read More »