Brazil

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)

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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.
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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 »

Fernando Campos & Paulo Gil Soares – Um Homem e Sua Jaula AKA A Man and His Cage (1969)

Based on the novel ‘Matéria de Memória’ of Carlos Heitor Cony, it tells the story of a widowed man who maintains ambiguous relations with his mother-in-law, who lives in the same house. Then he decides to lock himself in the room, reviving memory through old letters and photographs. An absolute rarity. Read More »

Neville de Almeida – Jardim de Guerra (1970)

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Edson is having an affair with actress Maria do Rosário, who dreams of being a movie director. So he tries to get some easy money for her film, but is arrested and meets a police torturer instead. Read More »

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – A Linguagem da Persuasão AKA The Language of Persuasion (1970)

Short documentary about the ideology of publicity and mass medias. Read More »