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Brazilian Film at the Tribeca Film Festival

Two new Brazilian features in American theaters this month, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation and Santiago, played at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, and represent the latest in a long line of compelling Brazilian work to screen at the festival. Here's a complete filmography.

Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has made an effort to support and showcase new filmmaking talent from around the world, including the compelling directors currently emerging in Brazil. Last year, the festival screened two noteworthy Brazilian films playing this month in New York City: Cao Hamburger's coming-of-age tale The Year My Parents Went on Vacation and João Moreira Salles' multifaceted biographical documentary Santiago. In fact, it was Salles' second time in the festival—his documentary about Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire played in the 2004 festival. Over the years, the festival has also shown works like House of Sand, Andrucha Waddington's gorgeously photographed historical epic, and Brasilia 18%, a modern tale of political intrigue by septuagenarian master Nelson Pereira dos Santos.

 

Watch the trailer for The Year My Parents Went on Vacation in the embedded player, and to go behind the scenes of the acclaimed documentary Favela Rising, click here. For a filmography of Brazilian films at the Tribeca Film Festival, read on.

 

Carandiru
TFF '04 | Feature Narrative
Directed by: Hector Babenco
From the director of Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Ironweed, and At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Carandiru dramatizes a 1992 prison revolt and massacre at an infamous São Paulo penal colony.
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Nelson Freire
TFF '04 | Feature Documentary
Directed by: João Moreira Salles
Here, Salles turns his documentarian's eye to pianist Nelson Freire, one of Brazil's best-kept secrets, seeking to explore not only Friere's greatness but also the musician's unusual modesty.
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The Other Side of the Street
TFF '04 | Feature Narrative
Directed by: Marcos Bernstein
Marcos Bernstein's assured debut stars the great Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station) as a lonely woman who becomes involved with a crime suspect.
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Prisoner of the Iron Bars - Self Portraits
TFF '04 | Feature Documentary
Directed by: Paulo Sacramento
Like Hector Babenco's Carandiru, Paulo Sacramento's documentary explores the São Paulo penitentiary, but from a different perspective. Shortly before the prison was closed in 2002, a group of inmates were given video cameras to document their daily lives.
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Favela Rising
TFF '05 | Feature Documentary
Directed by: Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist
The documentary tells the story of Anderson Sa, who emerged from one of Rio's most vicious slums to found a new musical movement known as AfroReggae.
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Brasilia 18%
TFF '06 | Feature Narrative
Directed by: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
From one of Brazil's Cinema Novo pioneers comes this tale of political intrigue set in the capital city of Brasilia, where a star medical examiner is summoned after the murder of a beautiful congressional aide.
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House of Sand
TFF '06 | Feature Narrative
Directed by: Andrucha Waddington
Inspired by the Japanese classic Woman in the Dunes, Andrucha Waddington's moody saga tracks three generations of women living in the white deserts of Nothern Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century.
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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
TFF '07 | Feature Narrative
Directed by: Cao Hambuger
A young boy is thrust into the alien environment of São Paulo's Jewish community when his activist parents are forced to flee Brazil.
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Santiago
TFF '07 | Feature Documentary
Directed by: João Moreira Salles
Taking visual inspiration from the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, Santiago is a nuanced meditation about a beloved family butler.
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