City Cinematheque for March 2013
Brazilian Films of the 21st Century
Beginning Saturday, March 2 (2013) and continuing through Friday, April 5, CUNY TV’s City Cinematheque celebrates Brazil with five films released between 2002 and 2009.
Series host is Jerry Carlson, Professor of Cinema Studies at The City College/CUNY.
CUNY TV is cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS). These films will not be shown online.
FILM: “Margarette's Feast”
Saturday & Sunday, March 2-3, both at 9 p.m.
Friday, March 8 at midnight
(2002/Brazil, 80 min., b&w, silent, comedy drama; intertitles in Portuguese with English subtitles) Director: Renato Falcao. Cast: Hique Gomez, Carmen Silva, Jefferson Silveira.
The star plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world in a pitch-perfect blend of tragedy and comedy. The film makes dazzling use of exhilarating Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum that would be the envy of Dickens or Balzac.
Discussion guest: Amy Chazkel, Queens College. Distributor : Lee Krugman Associates for The Global Initiative.
FILM: “Almost Brothers”
Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10, both at 9 p.m.
Friday, March 15 at midnight
(2004/Brazil-Chile-France, 102 min., color, drama, in Portuguese with English subtitles) Director: Lucia Murat. Cast: Caco Ciocler, Flavio Bauraqui, Werner Schunemann, Antonio Pompeo, Maria Flor.
The story of two men, Miguel, white and middle-class, and Jorge, a black favela-dweller, and their friendship over the decades, first as boys, then renewed during a lengthy incarceration, and finally when they meet as adults when Miguel is a government official and Jorge is a drug-dealer and they discover their lives have more in common than they ever realized.
Discussion guest: C. Daniel Dawson, cultural historian. Distributor: Lee Krugman Associates, for The Global Initiative.
FILM: “Cinema, Aspirins, and Vultures”
Saturday & Sunday, March 16-17, both at 9 p.m.
Friday, March 22 at midnight
(2005/Brazil, 99 min., color, drama, in Portuguese and German with English subtitles) Director: Marcelo Gomes. Cast: Peter Ketnath, Joao Miguel, Veronica Cavalcanti.
In August 1942 in Northeastern Brazil, a German aspirin salesman named Johann meets up with a Brazilian drifter named Ranulpho and the two become friends. Johann passes along some of his job skills to Ranulpho, but when they hear on the radio that Brazil has joined the war against Germany, Johann faces a series of dilemmas.
Discussion guest: Charles Martin, Queens College. Distributor: Lee Krugman Associates, for The Global Initiative.
Saturday & Sunday, March 23-24, both at 9 p.m.
Friday, March 29 at midnight
(2007/Brazil-France, 86 min., color, drama, in Portuguese with English subtitles) Director: Sandra Kogut. Cast: Thiago da Silva Mariz, Maria Juliana Souza de Oliveira, Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso.
Thiago is a sensitive and imaginative boy living on a small, hardscrabble farm in a remote region of Brazil. A poetic adaptation of the Brazilian short story, “Campo Geral,” focusing on minute details of rural life to tell a bittersweet story of one boy’s coming-of-age amidst events both great and small.
Discussion guest: Sandra Kogut, director. Distributor: Lee Krugman Associates, for The Global Initiative.
FILM: “The Tenants”
Saturday & Sunday, March 30-31, both at 9 p.m.
Friday, April 5 at midnight
(2009/Brazil, 103 min., color, drama, in Portuguese with English subtitles) Director: Sergio Bianchi. Cast: Marat Descartes, Ana Carbatti, Claudia Mello, Fernando Alves Pinto.
Valter, a hard-working family man in a poor community in Sao Paulo has to share the house his family built with the ex-wife of his next-door neighbor. When she rents out her share of the house to a band of small-time criminals, life becomes unbearable for Valter and his family, as the new tenants entertain a steady stream of shady characters and stay up playing music all night.
Discussion guest: Ivone Margulies, Hunter College. Distributor: Lee Krugman Associates, for The Global Initiative.