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|City of Men
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As Seen on the SUNDANCE CHANNEL
From the team behind the Academy Award®-nominated feature CITY OF GOD, including directors Fernando Meirelles (THE CONSTANT GARDNER) and Kátia Lund comes the hit Brazilian television series CITY OF MEN, a comedy/drama about two teenage boys growing up in a dangerous Rio de Janeiro slum starring Darlan Cunha and Douglas Silva, featured in the motion picture that inspired this series.
The CITY is a shantytown located in one of the many mountains of Rio de Janeiro. The MEN are two 13-year-old kids, Laranjinha and Acerola. This series brilliantly mixes humor and reality to explore life in the "favelas" and in particular the indomitable spirit of two best friends growing up in one of most volatile communities in the world.
Brazilian TV series City of Men is a dazzling, propulsive, and fiery exploration of life in a chaotic Rio de Janeiro slum, seen through the eyes of Acerola (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha). These two boys prove to be amazingly charming tour guides to a world by turns terrifying and exhilarating. Using the jam-packed storytelling that made the movie City of God such a revelation, the first episode alone is a marvel, merging the history of Napoleon with a cutting analysis of drug lords and class structure in the poverty-ridden neighborhood. The other three episodes of the first series carry on this riveting approach, mingling social observation with rich, compelling characters. From the second series on, the show becomes less overtly political and more about Acerola and Laranjinha's passage from youth to adulthood (embracing, with humor and pathos, the adolescent boys' obsession with sex)--though every episode has some sly or startling observation about race, wealth, and gender. Each series is filmed a year after the previous one, so the boys literally grow before our eyes; it's impossible to watch and not feel deeply involved as Acerola woos a girl named Cristiane and ends up a way-too-young father, or as an innocent prank escalates into a life-and-death struggle. Some episodes teeter on the brink of silliness--one of the last ones has the boys engaging in absurd cross-dressing--but the briskness of the writing and the charisma of Silva and Cunha carry the show through. Add to this the dynamic musical score of Brazilian pop and samba, and you have essential viewing. World music has already found popularity in the U.S.; welcome to a masterpiece of world television. --Bret Fetzer
|Another Man's Garden (O Jardim do Outro Homem) - Amazon.com Exclusive
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Another Man's Garden (O Jardim do Outro Homem) - Amazon.com Exclusive
For a young girl who wants to study medicine in Mozambique, the obstacles extend far beyond the distractions of her boyfriend and her family. A moment of weakness or an error in judgment can cost her a place at the university, an irretrievable loss in a country with so few opportunities for women.
Sol de Carvalho dedicates this film to the courage of young women who continue to strive against the odds, proving that educating a girl is not a waste of time in a land where it is perceived that "sending a girl to school is like watering another man's garden."
"Full of telling details, Carvalho's film illuminates the barriers faced by women seeking an education in Mozambique."
-Museum of Modern Art
"Africa through African Eyes...not to be missed." -Twin Cities Daily Planet
Another Man's Garden is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
|To the Left of the Father
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Winner of more than 50 international awards, including Best Actor (Selton Mello), Best Cinematography awards at the 2002 Buenos Aires International Film Festival, To The Left Of The Father (aka Lavour Arcaica) is the "auspicious feature debut" (Dennis Harvey, Variety) or director Luiz Fernando Carvalho, the man who revolutionized Brazilian television in the 1990s by infusing it with cinematic language. Based on the eponymous book by award-winning writer Raduan Nassar, To The Left Of The Father is set in the Brazilian countryside and focuses on the relationship between a young man, Andr+ª (Mello), and his religious but caring family. After running away from his Lebanese-Brazilian abode, Andr+ª has to confront Pedro (Leonardo Medeiros), the older brother determined to convince him to return to the protective cares of their parents - played by acclaimed Brazilian actors Raul Cortez and Juliana Carneiro da Cunha. Torn apart by an unresolved incestuous past with his younger sister Ana (Simone Spoladore), Pedro has to choose between a life of utopian freedom, removed from past connections, or, in the case of an eventual return home, a re-engagement with strict patriarchal norms. This "splendid" (Howard Feinstein, The Village Voice) update on the return of the prodigal son shows "images of striking beauty" (Cecilia Sayad, Reverse Shot) and is considered one of the most original, poetic and emotionally complex Brazilian films made in the last decade.
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Two lonely people careen through life following their individual experiences of loss: Rui, a handsome yound romantic, loses his lover Pedro on the day of their anniversary; Odete, as fetching as she is unstable, is abruptly dumped by her boyfriend after she broaches the subject of starting a family. Their lives collide when Odete becomes obsessed with Pedro, a man she never knew. Odete eventually loses all sense of self and Rui's reaction to her bizarre behavior leads to a truly transgressive climax, presided over by Pedro's ghost.
|Coffin Joe - This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse
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|God Is Brazilian
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God is stressed and needs a break from the Earth and the troublesome human race. But before he can take his vacation, he has to find himself a temporary replacement.
- God is stressed and needs a break from the endless toil of minding the Earth and the troublesome human race. But before he can go on vacation, he must find a temporary replacement. To track down the person best suited for the job, God heads to Brazil, a country that, despite being very religious, has never had an official saint. Joined by a conniving fisherman and soul-searching young woman, he em
|Blood and Wine: A Brazilian Story
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The story of a simple Brazilian family engaged in the political life of the 50s, from the suicide of President Getulio Vargas, the establishment of martial law in 1964, and the tumultuous two decades that followed, culminating in the death of President Tancredo Neves, responsible for the redemocratization of the country. Within their simple lives lay the dreams of Brazilian politics: the illusions, fears, terrors and disappointments as lived by ordinary citizens left with only their own hopes and tragedies.
- The story of a simple Brazilian family engaged in the political life of the 1950s; from the suicide of President Get lio Vargas, the establishment of martial law in 1964 and the tumultuous two decades that followed culminating in the death of President Tancredo Neves, responsible for the re-democratization of the country. Within their simple lives lay the dreams of Brazilian politics: the illus
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Joao is the manager of the Paradise Ice Cream Parlor. He divides his time between designing new flavors and fantasizing about his young female employees. His perverse obsession soon gets the better of him when he sets out to lure an adolescent girl into fulfilling his darkest fantasies. Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice Film Festival.
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