Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro gets a retrospective at Lincoln Center to coincide with the release of his latest film, Boi Neon. A couple highlights:
Avenida Brasília Formosa, 2005
Displaced from their homes to make way for the construction of a highway, residents of a poor neighborhood in Recife—including a fisherman, a young boy, and a hairdresser intent on reality TV stardom—press on with their lives, while around them their neighborhood is transformed.
Doméstica (Housemaids), 2012
Mascaro armed seven teenagers with movie cameras in order to film their live-in maids for a week. From the footage they shot, he assembled this eye-opening portrait of deep-seated class divisions within the Brazilian home. As the housekeepers carry out their daily work, they reveal intimate, sometimes painful details about their personal lives and their complex relationships to the families they work for. The results are alternately humorous and heartbreaking, cutting to the core of entrenched social hierarchies inextricably bound to race, gender, and Brazil’s colonialist history.
New York: April 15 - 21 at Lincoln Center.