Tag Archives: Portuguese

Walter Hugo Khouri – Noite Vazia AKA Eros [+Extras] (1964)

Two friends take two prostitutes for a night of pleasure. But the night turns out to be frustrating for all involved, as much bitterness is revealed in their conversation and attitudes, uncovering their anguish and deeper feelings, and the emptiness of their lives. Read More »

Leonardo Mouramateus – António Um Dois Três AKA Antonio One Two Three (2017)

António runs away from home and tries to spend the night at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. There he finds a Brazilian girl, an unexpected guest. Johnny is struggling to stage his first theater play in Lisbon. His friendship with the young light technician will make him face his real problems. Débora is passing by, finally returning home. When she goes to the theater, she falls asleep, and is awaken by the protagonist. Three dimensions of the same story. Read More »

Marcelo Laffitte – Elvis & Madona (2010)

One of the most unique romantic comedies to emerge in years, Elvis & Madona is a colorful crowd-pleaser set in Rio de Janeiro’s lively neighborhood of Copacabana. Elvis is a talented photographer and lesbian whose father is down on his luck financially. Since her photography isn’t paying the bills, she gets a job delivering pizzas on her motorcycle. Madona is a ravishing blonde drag performer who works as a hairstylist by day and performs in Rio’s drag clubs at night. The pair’s paths cross when Elvis arrives at her first delivery only to find Madona robbed and beaten by her sometime lover John Tripod. From this first meeting, their lives will increasingly intertwine as love and desire begin to emerge. Read More »

José Mojica Marins – Exorcismo Negro AKA Black Exorcism of Coffin Joe (1974)

The director José Mojica Marins travels to spend Christmas with friends in the small farm where they live and write the story of his next film. However, he observes eerie things in the house, with his friends being possessed one by one by some supernatural evil force. Sooner he learns that the matriarch of the family had made a deal with a local witch Malvina to get pregnant and save her marriage. In return, Malvina should indicate who would marry the girl. However, her daughter Wilma is engaged of her beloved fiancé and Malvina wants her to get married with Eugenio, who is the son of Satan. Further, José Mojica Marins discovers that his fictional creation Zé do Caixão (a.k.a. Coffin Joe) is ready to collect the souls of Wilma’s family and only and exorcism may save the doomed family. Read More »

Marcos Jorge – Estômago AKA Estômago: A Gastronomic Story (2007)

A penniless immigrant arrives in the big city with no work or money and discovers he is a talented cook, but still ends up in prison as he realises everybody seems to be out to exploit him. Lively, crowdpleasing black comedy whose grand-guignolesque ending and predictable storyline aren’t enough to offset its clever handling and writing and good performances. Read More »

Nelson Pereira dos Santos – Tenda dos Milagres AKA Tent of Miracles (1977)

The life of Pedro Arcanjo, self-taught mestizo intellectual who in the first decades of the XXth century challenged racist ideas of the School of Medicine of Bahia and highlighted the importance of the blacks’ contribution to Brazilian culture. Read More »

Leonardo Mouramateus – A Chuva Acalanta a Dor AKA Rain Hums a Lullaby to Pain (2020)

Reason and passion clash in Lucretius’ life. When he reaches an epiphany, perhaps it is already too late. Read More »