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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • João Pedro Rodrigues – O Fantasma (2000)

    João Pedro Rodrigues1991-2000DramaPortugalQueer Cinema(s)
    O Fantasma (2000)
    O Fantasma (2000)

    Quote:
    Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can’t force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid interest in him, so instead Sergio roams the city with the trash company’s pet dog. Eventually Sergio becomes fascinated with a sleek motorcycle, and then also its owner, João – a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. The frustrated trash collector’s surfacing sexual desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity and degradation.Read More »

  • João Canijo – Viver Mal AKA Living Bad (2023)

    João Canijo2021-2030DramaPortugal
    Viver Mal (2023)
    Viver Mal (2023)

    Five women are running an old hotel. Guests arrive over the course of a weekend and are drawn into a web of ongoing conflict.

    2 wins, 2 nominations.Read More »

  • Ana Hatherly – Revolução AKA Revolution (1975)

    1971-1980Ana HatherlyDocumentaryExperimentalPortugal
    Revolução (1975)
    Revolução (1975)

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 25 de Abril revolution.
    50 years of freedom.

    Fátima Rolo Duarte wrote:
    The speed of each image sewn together with the speed of each image in the blink of an eye. For what is worth, memory remains intact after all. The walls turn outwards, emerge from the darkness, vibrate. Sound accompanies things, signs, seemingly disordered fragments. Ana Hatherly is the director-weaver of this monument in honor of the immediate 25th of April. Alive, crazy and praised for its vertiginous editing, “incoactive mosaics”, to use a felicitous expression by Marie-José Mondzain. Read More »

  • Solveig Nordlund – Dina e Django (1981)

    1981-1990CrimeDramaPortugalSolveig Nordlund
    Dina e Django (1981)
    Dina e Django (1981)

    Synopsis
    Dina (Maria Santiago) is a teenager brought up by her grandmother, employed as a housekeeper for a fairly well-off family. Since Dina only has her grandmother, she spends her time fantasizing about her life and reading comic-book love stories – activities that do nothing to improve her dim perspective of reality. Due to these handicaps and her own inexperience, she gets involved with Django (Luis Lucas), a shady character who decides to use her as bait to attract men and then rob them. One day when both are in a taxi with robbery in mind, the driver gets suspicious so Django shoots him, and so does Dina. She escapes and runs away – though it seems like she has learned too little too late. This story unfolds against a time of upheaval in Portugal (mid-1970s) when the military government is formulating a constitution and social changes are happening everywhere.Read More »

  • João Canijo – Mal Viver AKA Bad Living (2023)

    João Canijo2021-2030DramaPortugal
    Mal Viver (2023)
    Mal Viver (2023)

    Follows five women who fight for the stability of a hotel they inherited, living an “old and irresolvable conflict,” with many conversations that have been postponed and much that remains to be said within a family.

    3 wins, 2 nominations.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 »

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