The range of boundary-pushing works in Brazilian film has had few parallels in recent years, with filmmakers such as Kleber Mendonça Filho, Gabriel Mascaro, Karim Aïnouz, Juliana Rojas, João Dumans, and Affonso Uchôa radically revising the world’s understanding of their national cinema. Veredas: A Generation of Brazilian Filmmakers will showcase work from a vast and influential generation that is indelibly leaving its mark on the local and international film circuit. These often subversive films challenge boundaries of genre, form, gender, class, race, identity, and even how films are distributed. All of these changes can be attributed to the radical decentralization of Brazilian film production, which is no longer confined to the major cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Veredas highlights this cinematic new wave and presents a vision of Brazil that is at long last reflective of the country’s continental diversity.
Organized by Mary Jane Marcasiano and Fabio Andrade. Co-presented with Cinema Tropical.
U.S. PremiereLife and art, light and dark, despair and desire, poetry and pathos, tenderness and conflict freely intermingle in cinema marginal master Julio Bressane’s elegant and surrealist mosaic about a man and a woman who surrender themselves to a strange role-playing game. Screening with Kbela, an audiovisual experience about a black woman’s being and becoming.
U.S. PremiereA documentary-style portrait of middle-aged Marcelo, who, between coffee and hookups, monologues on a wide variety of topics. Screening with Noirblue: Displacements of a Dance, in which dancer and multimedia artist Ana Pi reconnects with her African ancestry through choreographic gestures.
U.S. PremiereIn this singular take on counterculture in the northeast of Brazil, three outcasts use clandestine radio transmissions to communicate their hunger for freedom and revolution.
Q&A with Gabriel Mascaro · New York Premiere · Opening Night ReceptionThe third feature from director and visual artist Gabriel Mascaro, Divine Love is a fluorescent work of sci-fi that meditates on jealousy, faith, and the fear of divine power.
U.S. PremiereHelvecio Marins’s latest presents a melancholy hero whose life is in disarray, paying homage not only to cowboy culture but also to the solidarity of Brazil’s rural community.
Q&A with Gabriel Martins & Maurilio Martins · U.S. PremiereA sprawling feature by Gabriel and Maurílio Martins, In the Heart of the World offers a vivid depiction of a close-knit community in the city of Contagem, where the filmmakers are from.
Q&A with Karim AïnouzThe winner of the Un Certain Regard award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Brazil’s submission for this year’s Oscars, Invisible Life is a tropical melodrama by Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã) about inseparable sisters raised, like all women of their generation, to be essentially invisible in the eyes of Brazilian society. An Amazon Studios release.
New York Premiere · Opening Night ReceptionThe debut feature from Adirley Queirós is a fiction/documentary hybrid that examines the relationship between Brasilia, its surroundings, and the people who built the city from nothing.
U.S. PremiereThis enigmatic, multilayered feature about a kidnapped man forced to take part in a film evolves from a playful game of metacinema to an allegorical tale of Brazil’s untold stories.
U.S. PremiereNecropolis Symphony, a sly and sinister comedy-horror-musical about an apprentice gravedigger, marked director Juliana Rojas as a filmmaker to watch. Screening with Swinguerra, which traces a cultural map of Brazil through dance rehearsal in a school gym.
U.S. PremiereReflecting the storytelling and style of his previous film Araby, Affonso Uchôa’s Seven Years in May is a poetic and political fable structured around the often unheard words of Brazil’s working class. Screening with Ava Yvy Vera: The Land of the Lightning People.
U.S. PremiereRuiz and L. are members of a suicidal, nihilistic group that operates underground in a city consumed by chaos and violence in filmmaker, critic, and visual artist Tiago Mata Machado’s fragmented post-apocalyptic portrait.
Q&A with Caetano Gotardo · U.S. PremiereIn Caetano Gotardo's follow-up to The Moving Creatures, João, a middle-class filmmaker living and working in São Paulo, has extensive conversations with friends and strangers that change his life.
Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBOJoin series co-programmers Fabio Andrade and Mary Jane Marcasiano for a free panel discussion with filmmakers Gabriel Mascaro (Divine Love), and Gabriel Martins and Maurillo Martins (In the Heart of the World). They will trace and examine how the work of the filmmakers spotlighted in this series has emerged from a constellation of industrial circumstances, economic forces, technological developments, and sociopolitical tensions in Brazil.
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