By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz June 2, 2014 at 1:30PM
In a couple weeks soccer fans will set their sights on the South American country. Just before the ball starts rolling, there is an opportunity to see a different form of Brazilian expression off the field. The 12th Brazilian Film Festival of New York will screen a varied selection of features and shorts, which provide a concise but powerful look at the state of the country’s cinema and the issues that intrigue its filmmakers. Being Brazil a country in constant transition, the films also bear the array of concerns and experiences that define the current Brazilian society. Revisiting the years of the dictatorship, touching on environmental problems, or simply focusing on the lives of regular citizens, this selection of films continues to present unique Brazilian visions that transcend their local contexts to offer engaging stories to international audiences. Presented Inffinito Festival Circuit the festival runs June 1 -7 at Tribeca Cinemas. These are some of the highlights
Dir. Fernando Coimbra
A marvelously calculated mystery ignited by a woman’s disenchanted with
her unlawful romantic relationship. Passion that evolves into maniacal
rarely compelling on its own, but in this slow-burning drama the
subtle exposition hides a shocking conclusion. When a young girl is
kidnapped from her
school, the investigation to find her reveals the terrifying shades
of evil that hide under benevolent actions. Astutely written to drag the
the story several times until the gruesome truth is unveiled, this is
one of the best Brazilian films to reach American shores in recent
years. Leandra Leal’s performance as Rosa is chillingly nuanced, definitely a highlight of this
extraordinary debut by writer/director Fernando Coimbra. If you only see one film at the festival,
this is the one to choose. Full review coming soon.
Vladimir Brichta), a young womanizing DJ, is faced with an insufferable guilt that pushes him to change his life. Needing to make money by new means, he decides to go in a quest to find several rare art works sold by his father – an art dealer – to an eccentric collector in the countryside many years ago. Underneath the utterly familiar premise of a fish-out-of-water trying to rediscover himself, there are interesting ideas about class and environmental devastation. In his relentless mission to obtain these valuable items for his personal gain, Beto will be faced with an unexpected twist that will test his ability to feel compassion for others.Meeting Sebastião SalgadoDir.
Part activist, part photographer, but 100% globe trekker, Brazilian economist turned artist Sebastiao Salgado revisits his adventurous career via the images he captured. In this extensive conversation, the lover of the light discusses subjects that range from the tyrannical government that ruled Brazil in the past, adapting to extreme weather around the world, and how the new digital technology has affected his creative process. More than a comprehensive documentary about his life, the film is simply crafted as a conversation with Salgado intercutting some of his most memorable photographs. Although not incredibly revelatory, the film does a great job at showcasing his work and highlighting his unique journey.