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SHOWING 28 FILMS FROM BRAZIL

BARREN LIVES

  • Release Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Ishai Setton
  • Country: Brazil
A newly-struck copy of a classic early film by Pereira dos Santos, whose Brasilia 18% is premiering at the Festival. Adapted from a novel by Graciliano Ramos, the film follows a ranch hand and his family, who are forced off their land by a severe drought and social injustice, and head off in search of work and a better life. |Read More
Drama

BRASILIA 18%

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Ishai Setton
  • Country: Brazil
A star medical examiner is called to Brasilia, the administrative capital of Brazil, to confirm the identity of a beautiful, young congressional aide's dead body. But his scientific rigor soon leads him to details of a multi-layered political scandal. This wild thriller by Cinema Novo pioneer Nelson Pereira dos Santos is a hallucinatory meditation on governmental corruption. |Read More

CALIFRNIA

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Marina Person
  • Country: Brazil
Nostalgic, sweet, and at moments poignantly funny, Califórnia is a coming-of-age tale about a highschool student, Estela, growing up in São Paulo in the 1980s. Estela is doing all she can to get to California to visit her glamorous and cultured uncle. While focused on keeping her grades up, her life is complicated by romance, sex, and social pressures. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

CARANDIRU

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
The acclaimed director of Pixote and Kiss of the Spider Woman dramatizes the 1992 prisoner revolt and massacre at Sao Paulo's infamous Carandiru penitentiary. A tender, forceful, and personal film for Babenco and ultimately an insightful metaphor of contemporary Brazilian society. |Read More

ELITE SQUAD

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Directed By: José Padilha
  • Country: Brazil
Fresh from its Golden Bear win at Berlin, and one of Brazil's most controversial films, Elite Squad is a searing look at the corruption of the special police force in the volatile slums of Rio. As one cop desperately tries to get out, two naive recruits see if they have what it takes to get in. |Read More
Crime, Thriller

ELVIS & MADONA

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: Marcelo Laffitte and Marcelo Laffitte
  • Country: Brazil
The lives of a beautiful biker babe and a tall blonde drag performer intertwine in this vibrant Rio-set romantic comedy. Elvis is an aspiring young photographer delivering pizzas to make ends meet. Madona's plans for a spectacular drag show have just been dashed when her rotten sometime lover steals all her money. When they meet by chance, Elvis and Madona's unlikely love will help them chase their dreams and deal with the obstacles that arise along the way. |Read More
Comedy

EN ROUTE TO BAGHDAD

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 56 minutes
  • Directed By: Simone Duarte
  • Country: USA, Brazil
Sergio Vieira de Mello spent his life helping refugees in Rwanda, East Timor and Cambodia. On August 19, 2003, the United Nations Special Envoy was killed by car bomb. Through interviews with Kofi Annan, Richard Holbrooke, and others. Presented in conjuction with the UN, along with the first steps, a UN-produced short film about childhood polio. In English and French |Read More

FAVELA RISING

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Country: USA, Brazil
The dilemma of those who live in Rio's slums and struggle to overcome unbelievable poverty and gang violence seems even more painful since their favelas overlook one of the world's most beautiful beaches. This electrifying film depicts the journey of one remarkable individual who emerged from the favelas to create the nonviolent flowering of Afro-Brazilian culture known as Afro-reggae. |Read More
Documentary

GARAPA

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: José Padilha, José Padilha, and José Padilha
  • Country: Brazil
Director José Padilha (Bus 174) follows up his Golden Bear-winning Elite Squad with this austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families. At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis. |Read More
Documentary

HOUSE OF SAND

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
Inspired by Woman of the Dunes, this epic tale of love and loss follows the fate of three generations of headstrong women who all, at some point, lived in the same desert house full of sand. Waddington does a masterful job of showing time's punishing clock. Starring Fernanda Montenegro (Best Actress Winner TFF 2004) and Fernanda Torres. A Sony Pictures Classics release. |Read More
Drama

NELSON FREIRE

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
Brazilian Nelson Freire is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of piano -- his mastery rivals Rachmaninov, Cortot, Hofmann, Rubinstein, and Gould. This marvelous documentary by Joao Moreira Salles, brother of renowned filmmaker Walter Salles, is a lovely portrait of a supremely talented but unusually private and humble man. |Read More

NOBODYS WATCHING

Nico is a promising actor in Argentina, but in New York, nobody takes notice. After giving up a successful career in his home country for a chance to make it in the big apple, Nico finds himself bartending, babysitting and doing odd jobs to keep afloat. In a moving depiction of the vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff’s touching feature questions how we adjust when we lose our audience. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), LGBT, Latino Director(s), TFF Alumni

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