Over the past few years, Brazil has been climbing the heights to become the 5th biggest economy in the world. The rise has been such that it is currently preparing to host two of the most important international events: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s festival will feature fourteen films, including feature films and documentaries that deal with a wide range of issues that reflect and affect modern Brazil. Since cold and snow will soon be part of our daily lives in Québec, why not travel to South America and Brazil for one week?
I invite you to travel with us and discover the marvels of Brazilian culture!
Director of the festival
ATÉ QUE A SORTE NOS SEPARE / UNTIL LUCK DO US PART
Friday November 30th 7:00pm, Wednesday December 5th 9:15pm
2012. 103 min. Dir.: Roberto Santucci. With: Leandro Hassum, Danielle Winits, Kiko Marcarenhas, Rita Elmôr, Aílton Graça and Julia Dalavia. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Until Luck do Us Part tells the story of Tino, a fun-loving happy-go-lucky guy who suddenly finds out that his bank account is down to zero after squandering 100 million reais he had won in the lottery ten years ago. Just when he has mustered all his courage to tell his family the bad news, Tino learns that his wife is pregnant with their third child and - according to her doctor’s recommendations, should be spared from any strong emotion due.
O HOMEM QUE NÃO DORMIA / THE MAN WHO COULDN’T SLEEP
2011. 98 min. Dir.: Edgard Navarro. With: Bertrand Duarte, Evelin Buchegger, Ramon Vane, Mariana Freire Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
In a remote village, a group of people are assailed by the same terrible nightmare. The arrival of a miserable pilgrim will cause a break out of the internal conflict in which they live, causing a rupture in their lives.
2012. 116 min. Dir.: José Henrique Fonseca. With: Alinne Moraes, Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Herson Capri, Angie Cepeda. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
International box-office star Rodrigo Santoro portrays the tragic life and brief career of one of Brazil’s greatest soccer players, Heleno de Freitas. The film is a poignant portrait of an early promising career that became undone by disease, hubris, and addiction.
RIO ANOS 70 / RIO DISCO 70
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR
2012. 75 min. Dir.: Patricia Faloppa and Mauricio Branco. With: Ney Matogrosso, Caetano Veloso, Frenéticas and many more Brazilian personalities. Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
Rio Disco 70 is a feature documentary about behavioral changes in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1970's, one of the tensest periods of Brazil's history. The story is told through a testimony of personalities that had been part of the cultural scene and the night of Rio De Janeiro.
O PALHAÇO / THE CLOWN
Saturday December 1st 7:15pm, Thursday December 6th 7:00pm
2011. 88 min. Dir.: Selton Mello. With: Paulo José, Selton Mello, Giselle Motta, Moacyr Franco, Teuda Bara. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Benjamin and Waldemar are the fabulous clown duo Pangaré and Puro Sangue. Benjamin is a clown with no identity, social security number or proof of residence. He lives on the road accompanied by the troupe of Circus Esperanza. He believes he has lost his talent and goes on a journey to follow his dream. The film has been selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.
A CADEIRA DO PAI / FATHER’S CHAIR
Saturday December 1st 9:00pm, Thursday December 6th 9:15pm
2012. 93 min. Dir.: Luciano Moura. With: Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Theo is living the good life in an upscale Brazilian neighborhood. However, he has chosen his career over his family and his wife announces that she wants a divorce. Yet nothing prepares him for the day when he comes home to discover that his 15-year-old son, Pedro, has disappeared.
1968. 92 min. Dir.: Rogério Sganzerla. With: Paulo Vilaça, Helena Ignez, Sônia Braga, Ítala Nandi, Sérgio Mamberti Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Based on the police records of a famous bandit in São Paulo, the film tracks the rise of an enigmatic pillager of luxurious residences whom the tabloids have named for his technique of using a red flashlight to illuminate his female victim´s faces. This is one of the key works of the Brazilian Cinema Marginal.
TRÓPICO DA SAUDADE / TROPICO DA SAUDADE
CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS AUPRÈS DE L’AMAZONIE
2011. 71 min. Dir.: Marcelo Fortaleza Flores. Narration: Jean-Claude Carrière. Original French and Portuguese version with English subtitles
Journey to the heart of the Amazon rainforest in the footsteps of Claude Lévi-Strauss. This compelling documentary travels deep into the Amazon to uncover the roots of Lévi-Strauss’ groundbreaking theories and reexamines our own beliefs about the fundamental organization of our society.
HISTÓRIAS QUE SÓ EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS
LES HISTOIRES N’EXISTENT QUE LORSQUE L’ON S’EN SOUVIENT
2011. 98 min. Dir.: Julia Murat. With: Sonia Guedes, Lisa E. Favero, Luis Serra, Ricardo Merkin, Antonio dos Santos Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
Like every other morning, Madalena makes bread for Antonio’s old coffee shop. Clinging to the image of her dead husband and living in her memories, Madalena is awakened by the arrival of Rita, a young photographer who arrives in the ghost village, where time seems to have stopped.
CAPITÃES DE AREIA / CAPTAINS OF THE SAND
Sunday December 2nd 9:00pm, Wednesday December 5th 7:00pm
2012. 96 min. Dir.: Marcos Prado. With: Nathalia Dill, Luca Bianchi, Lívia Bianchi, Lívia de Bueno, Bernardo Melo Barreto. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
A huge festival of alternative culture and art is the background of intense sensory experiences between three young people: Nando, DJ Érika, and Lara. The film is an engaging story of love and overcoming the involvement of middle-class youth in international narcotics trafficking, and fates crossed through time.
2010. 71 min. Dir.: Sérgio Borges. With: Everlyn Barbin, Lwei Bakongo, Murari Krishna. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
For a few days we follow the lives of three apparently common people, inhabiting the marginal side of the city. Their stories are at the same time fictional and real. The film is a gesture to show us that we are all humans, and how similar our fears and desires are.
2010. 92 min. Dir.: Felipe Joffily. With: Andréia Horta, Gianni Albertoni, Fernanda Souza, Bruno Mazzeo, Sergio Mallandro Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Three young friends, Tita, Mari and Aninha, are each faced with challenging situations. To escape for a while, they decide to spend a weekend at the beach in Búzios. On the road, they meet Estrella, a hippie girl also traveling to Búzios in search of her unknown father.
With: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Takako Tokiwa, Eiji Okuda, Kimiko Yo, Shun Sugata, Eduardo Moscovis Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
"In Brazil, the War is not over." When Japan lost World War II, a new war started in Brazil. A war between the Japanese immigrants who accepted defeat, and those who did not. Dirty Hearts tells the story of one of these warriors.