CINEMA: “O BRAZIL”SERIES RETURNS TO MoMI

The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) will present another series of contemporary Brazilian films. There will be 3 screenings. Mark your calendar.

  • Swirl (Girimunho) – Saturday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
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Directors: Clarissa Campolina, Helvecio Marins, Jr. 2011, 90 mins. DCP.

After the death of her husband, 81-year-old Bastu seeks a new life in the small rural town of Minas Gerais. This ghost story of deep poetic beauty, with fascinating real-life characters playing themselves and stunning pictorial compositions, was a highlight of Venice Film Festival Orizzonti in 2011.

 

  • Absence (Ausência) – Saturday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. 
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Director:  Chico Teixeira. 2015, 88 mins. DCP. New York premiere.

A festival favorite (including Best Actor and Special Jury Prize winner at the Rio Film Festival), Chico Teixeira’s new feature is a refreshingly honest and touching coming-of-age story about the charismatic 15-year old Serginho. He tackles familial and sexual unrest, and the pressure of social expectations, as he seeks love and the freedom to pursue his dreams.

 

  • Last Conversations (Últimas Conversas) – Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. 
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Director Eduardo Coutinho. 2015, 88 mins. Digital projection. New York premiere.

Eduardo Coutinho (1933-2014) was one of the most original voices in the history of Brazilian cinema. His last film is a deceptively simple and arresting portrait of teenage life. A series of conversations with young carioca students about their dreams, troubles and desires, the film was finished posthumously by his partner, Jordana Berg, and by producer João Moreira Salles. “Coutinho didn’t have time to put together what would turn out to be his last film,” explains Salles. “It’s all about conversations with young people who have their whole life ahead of them…that circumstance makes the poignancy of Last Conversations even greater.”

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