This is great news for the Brazilian contemporary cinema: the 45th Edition of the “New Directors/New Film” (NDNF) festival (March 16th – March 27) includes the titles “Kill me Please” (Mate-me por Favor), directed by Anita Rocha da Silveira, and “Neon Bull” (Boi Neon), directed by Gabriel Mascaro. Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of the Modern Art, the festival is dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmakers, having uncovered talents like pedro Almódovar and Spike Lee.
FILM DESCRIPTIONS & SCREENING DATES
Kill me Please
Anita Rocha da Silveira’s vibrantly morbid debut feature is a coming-of-age story in which passive aggression on the handball court, jealousy among friends, and teenage angst unfold in the foreground of a slasher flick. In Rio de Janeiro’s Barra da Tijuca—a newly formed upper-middle-class neighborhood of car-lined thoroughfares, gigantic malls, and monolithic white condos—a clique of teenage girls become fearfully captivated by a string of gruesome murders. The most fascinated is Bia (Valentina Herszage), whose own sexual discoveries evolve alongside the mounting deaths in this skewed world of wild colors and transformative desires. With nods to Brian De Palma’s Carrie, Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People, and the atmospheres of David Lynch, Rocha da Silveira’s contribution to the genre is nonetheless entirely her own.
Screenings: March 17th at 8:30 PM and March 19th at 9:00 PM
A rodeo movie unlike any other, Gabriel Mascaro’s Venice and Toronto prize-winning follow-up to his 2014 fiction debut August Winds tracks handsome cowboy Iremar (Juliano Cazarré) as he travels around to work at vaquejada rodeos, a Brazilian variation on the sport in which two men on horseback attempt to bring a bull down by its tail. Iremar dreams of becoming a fashion designer, creating flamboyant outfits for his co-worker, single mother Galega (Maeve Jinkings). Along with Galega’s daughter Cacá and a bullpen worker named Zé, these complex characters, drawn with tremendous compassion and not an ounce of condescension, make up an unorthodox family, on the move across the northeast Brazilian countryside. Sensitive to matters of gender and class, and culminating in one of the most audacious and memorable sex scenes in recent memory, Neon Bull is a quietly affirming exploration of desire and labor, a humane and sensual study of bodies at work and at play.
Screenings: March 25th at 9:00 PM and March 26h at 7:00 PM
The distributor Cinema Tropical is offering a Discount Code for the Brazilian film screenings at NDNFs. Save $4 on all tickets. To redeem: go to newdirectors.org, select the showtime of the film you’d like to attend and enter promo code NDNF2016 (case-sensitive) in the upper right corner.