Brazilian Film Festival -- All new films!

February 19-21, 2001

 

Monday, Feb. 19

6 PM Opening Gala

8 PM THE DOG'S WILL (US PREMIERE)

 

Tuesday, Feb 20

4 PM RA-TIM-BUM CASTLE

6 PM  SANTO FORTE

8 PM  VILLA-LOBOS

 

Wednesday, Feb. 21

6 PM  CHRONICALLY UNFEASIBLE

8 PM  EMPRESS OF CARNIVAL

Detailed descriptions below.

FREE ADMISSION

Every night around 10 PM there will be discussions with the Brazilian Filmmakers whose films are screening. This is not a program of the American Cinematheque and is not being presented by the Cinematheque in any way. Press and public Information is available by calling the Brazilian Consulate at 323 651 2664 ext. 211.

In association with the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations and Varig Brazilian Airlines

A Brazilian Film Exhibition February 19 | 21, 2001

Free admission For information call (323) 651.2664 ext. 211

Everyday, after the last film (around 10pm), there will be a panel of discussion open to the public with the presence of some Brazilian filmmakers related to the films screened.

Monday, February 19th Opening Gala

6 pm - Reception and Brazilian music with Ana Gazola and Sonia Santos

8 pm - “The Dog’s Will” (2000) U.S. Premiere Director: Guel Arraes Producer: Globo Filmes and Daniel Filho Cast: Selton Mello, Matheus Nachlengaele, Lima Duarte, Denise Fraga, Diogo Vilela, Marco Nanini e Paulo Goulart. Runningtime: 104 minutes An adaptation of Arlano Suassuna’s play “O Auto da Compadecida” tells the life story of seven people: Zé Grilo, Chicó, Lampião, the baker and his wife, the priest and the bishop. After death, when each one of them will be judged by his own acts, what will prevail: justice or God’s mercy?

Tuesday, February 20th 4 pm - “RÁ-Tim-Bum Castle” (2000) Director: Cao Hamburger Executive Producer: Van Fresnot Cast: Marieta Severo, Rosi Campos, Sergio Mamberti Runningtime: 108 minutes The story of a boy who is a sorcerer’s apprentice. He lives in an enchanted castle with his aunt and uncle, both powerful sorcerers. Losângela , the black sheep of his family, covets his aunt’s powers and wants to steal them. To rid the castle of Losângela and save his uncle and aunt from the curse she casts upon them, the boy has to put into practice the teachings of his mentors. Prize winner at the 2000 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

6 pm - “Santo Forte” (1999) (documentary) Director: Eduardo Coutinho Producers: Claudius Ceccon, Dinah Frotté, Elcimar de Oliveira Cast: Vera Dutra dos Santos, Thereza Ferreira, Carla Daniela Santana, Andre Luíz Teodoro, Lídia Rodrigues de Andrade Runningtime: 80 minutes A documentary portraying the shared religious experience among the people who live in a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro.

8 pm - “Villa-Lobos” (2000) Director and Producer: Zelito Viana Executive Producer: Vera de Paula Cast: Antônio Fagundes, Letícia Spiller, Marcos Palmeira, Ana Beatriz Nogueira, José Wilker, Marieta Severo Runningtime: 134 minutes The life story of the greatest Brazilian classical composer Villa-Lobos. Gradually, the composer defines himself in all his complexity: energetic and fragile, simple and megalomaniac, passionate and egocentric, genius and naïve. Through flash backs, the film brings forth dramatic and singular events in the life of Villa-Lobos, infused with his outstanding music. Villa-Lobos was screened during the AFI Film Festival 2000.

Wednesday, February 21st 6 pm- U.S. Premiere Director: Sérgio Bianchi Producers: Sérgio Bianchi, Gustavo Steinberg, Alvarina Souza Cast: Cecil Thiré, Betty Gofman, Umberto Magnani, Daniel Dantas, Dira Paes, Dan Stulbach, Leonardo Vieira Runningtime: 101 minutes This drama shows excerpts of six characters’ life stories, discussing the difficulties involved in surviving, both mentally and physically, in the Brazilian society, assuming that this is a problem that affects everyone regardless of their social position.

8 pm - “Empress of Carnival” (2001) U.S. Premiere (documentary) Director and Producer: Luiz Fernando de Medeiros Schultz Executive Producer: Roberto Kasinski Sound Designer: K.C. Ladnier Runningtime: 100 minutes A stunning documentary about the famous Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival and its top feature: the Schools of Samba’s parade. “Empress of Carnival” portrays one of those schools ? the “Imperatriz Leopoldinense”, winner of last year’s parade ?, and offers an entertaining look at the complex preparation work involved for a samba school to get ready for the annual carnival parade.

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