Brazil

  • Eduardo Coutinho – Edifício Master aka A Building in Copacabana (2002)

    Eduardo Coutinho2001-2010ArchitectureBrazilDocumentary
    Edifício Master (2002)
    Edifício Master (2002)

    Synopsis

    A FILM ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME

    “Master” is the name of a 12-story apartment building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhood for nightlife. Over the course of four weeks in 2001, Eduardo Coutinho’s film crew rented one of the 276 apartments and used it as home base to make a film about the building’s residents. We get to know the building manager, who succeeded in turning the troubled residence into a family complex within just a few years. Using interviews and a few stolen moments in the corridors of the building, Coutinho explores this world. Most of the building’s residents come from the lower middle class and are just getting by, but that’s just about the only thing they have in common – so many people, so many stories, sometimes told in a self-confident tone, sometimes with averted eyes. The fact that a film crew is interested in their stories puzzles some of them. Hope, fear, dreams, memories, love and loneliness all appear from behind the doors of this average apartment building.Read More »

  • Neville de Almeida – A Dama do Lotação AKA Lady on the Bus (1978)

    Neville de Almeida1971-1980BrazilDramaErotica
    A Dama do Lotação (1978)
    A Dama do Lotação (1978)

    Synopsis
    Carlos and Solange, childhood sweethearts, marry after a chaste courtship. On their wedding night, Solange refuses to make love to him. First he pleads, then in anger he rapes her. She says she adores him, but, even after months of marriage, can’t endure his touch. To prove to herself she’s not frigid, she begins a daily routine of seducing strangers on public busses; she also takes Carlos’s best friend to a motel. Carlos figures out that she’s unfaithful and, armed, confronts Solange. Meanwhile, she seeks psychiatric help because she feels no remorse. Will there be violence and death, a psychological breakthrough, or more bus rides?Read More »

  • Antonio Meliande – Vadias Pelo Prazer (1982)

    1981-1990Antonio MeliandeBrazilDramaErotica
    Vadias Pelo Prazer (1982)
    Vadias Pelo Prazer (1982)

    Márcia and Xuxu are two sisters who love to have fun, but they are always scolded by their older sister, Susana, who displays a puritanical facade while secretly prostitutes herself.Read More »

  • José Padilha – Tropa de Elite AKA Elite Squad (2007)

    2001-2010BrazilCrimeDramaJosé Padilha
    Tropa de Elite (2007)
    Tropa de Elite (2007)

    In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.Read More »

  • Paula Gaitán – Noite (2015)

    Paula Gaitán2011-2020ArthouseBrazilDrama
    Noite (2015)
    Noite (2015)

    During one night, a woman walks through Rio de Janeiro, and hears the music around: jazz, rock, eletronica…Read More »

  • Ola Balogun – A Deusa Negra (1979)

    1971-1980ArthouseBrazilDramaOla Balogun
    A Deusa Negra (1979)
    A Deusa Negra (1979)

    A Deusa Negra is a love story that spans two centuries. In 18th century Yorubaland, Prince Oluyole is taken prisoner in the course of internecine warfare fanned by overseas slave traders. He is sold into slavery in Brazil. In present day Nigeria, at his father’s deathbed, the young Babatunde promises to go to Brazil and search for traces of their once-enslaved ancestors. Beginning with a Candomblé ritual, his journey takes him ever deeper into this culture and, in a dream-like sequence, affords him a deeper understanding of his ancestors’ suffering and powers of resistance. Balogun effortlessly links present with past, real with magical worlds and discourse with trance. The hypnotic atmosphere is also heightened by the music of the Nigerian drummer Remi Kabaka, which plays with repetitive patterns and distortions. ×Read More »

  • Nelson Pereira dos Santos – Quem é Beta? AKA Who Is Beta? (1972)

    Nelson Pereira dos Santos1971-1980BrazilDramaSci-Fi
    Quem é Beta? (1972)
    Quem é Beta? (1972)

    After a catastrophe that modified the world’s natural state and destroyed civilized society, a couple begins a new life in a shelter. Their relationship is disturbed by the arrival of a woman.

    The critical success in France of How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman made possible dos Santos’ delirious science-fiction vision of free love in a post-apocalyptic wilderness besieged by flesh hungry zombies contaminated by an unnamed nuclear attack. Who is Beta? follows two statuesque survivors drawn irresistibly together only to be entranced by the arrival and sudden disappearance of a third, the bewitching raven haired Beta. With its cartoon-like depiction of extreme violence and desire, Who is Beta? offers a heady Pop-infused companion to Hunger for Love. Yet beneath its giddy play of surfaces, dos Santos’ underappreciated film gradually reveals a darkly ambiguous metaphoric dimension. (Harvard Film Archive)Read More »

  • Anselmo Duarte – Quelé do Pajeú (1969)

    1961-1970AdventureAnselmo DuarteBrazilDrama
    Quelé do Pajeú (1969)
    Quelé do Pajeú (1969)

    Quote:
    Clemente Celidônio, known as Quelé, upon returning to his home in Pajeú das Flores (in Pernambuco), is shocked by the fact that his sister was raped by a stranger, identified only by a scar on his face and a missing finger. Overcome with hatred, Quelemente sets off in search of the stranger, swearing vengeance. But the road is long, and the journey holds decisive surprises for him.Read More »

  • Jasmin Tenucci – Céu de Agosto (2020)

    2011-2020BrazilDramaJasmin TenucciShort Film
    Céu de Agosto (2020)
    Céu de Agosto (2020)

    As the Amazon burns for the seventeenth day, a nurse in Sao Paulo finds herself drawn to a Neo-Pentecostal church.Read More »

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