O Brazil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema


New York's Museum of the Moving Image presents a series of Brazilian films, loosely organized around the theme of music.

May 8
Depois da chuva (After the Rain)
 It is 1984 and the city of Salvador de Bahia prepares for Brazil's first presidential elections after 20 years of dictatorship. As his school prepares for its own first council elections, sixteen-year-old Caio's political awakening begins, as he shifts from a critical outsider to a vocal participant.

May 22
Ela volta na quinta (She Comes Back on Thursday)
Novais Oliveira asked his brother and aging parents to play themselves as he plumbed the microcosms of their day-to-day lives, trying to shed light on the imperceptible shift in order that caused his parents to separate after 35 years of marriage. 

June 19
Faroeste Caboclo (Brazilian Western)
This slick love-crime drama set in Brasilia at the end of the 1980s chronicles the epic saga of Joao De Santo Cristo (John of Holy Christ), an outlaw made legendary by iconic composer/singer Renato Russo's famous song (released by his Legiao Urbana band in 1988). Seamlessly melding the western genre with Brazilian folk storytelling, Sampaio fully succeeds in keeping authentic class and race struggles alive within the framework of a passionately romantic and entertaining genre piece.

New York: May 8 - June 19. Full details on the Museum of the Moving Image website.