Brazilian cinema descends on Varna
Feature films and documentaries represent a colourful depiction of life in this South American country
22 July, 2017
A Dona da Historia earned Marieta Severo Best Actress honours in Miami.
Brazilian Cinema Week is being held from 22 to 28 July in Varna, with all screenings subtitled in Bulgarian and taking place in Hall Europe of the Festival and Congress Centre, free of admission charge. Xingu directed by Cao Hamburger will open the forum on 22 July. Based on a true story, the drama is dedicated to the Villas Boas brothers, who founded a national park in the Amazon to protect the Xingu tribe – the first Indian territory recognised by the Brazilian government in 1961. Until the two brothers’ expedition, the Xingu tribe had had no contact with civilisation.
Neighbouring Sounds directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho (23 July) is a colourful Brazilian story, a meditation on history and below-the-surface violence in the present. The film is a prizewinner at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam and “one of the best titles of 2012”, as described by the New York Times. Life for the occupants of a building on a particular street in the city of Recife changes abruptly with the appearance of a group of private security guards. The presence of these rugged men in an affluent community susceptible to paranoid suggestions is a source of peace for some and anxiety for others.
On 24 July, A Dona da Historia by director Daniel Filho will take viewers on a journey to Rio de Janeiro and the evolution and disintegration of a grand love story from 1968 to modern day. The film won the Public Choice award and the award for best actress (for Marieta Severo) at the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami in 2005. Senhores do vento (Masters of the Wind) by Isabella Nicolas (25 and 28 July) is a documentary following the adventure of the crew of the first Brazilian boat to take part in America’s Cup – a yacht regata around the world. Footage of extreme situations and confessions by the participants paint the picture of this epic journey, which earned its creators an honorary degree from the Portuguese Cinema International Festival in Toronto and the festival in Rio de Janeiro.
The Other Side of the Street (O outro lado da rua) by Marcos Bernstein (26 July) tells the story of Regina, a lonely 65-year-old woman who becomes an informer for the police in Copacabana as she believes she was witness to a murder committed on the other side of the street. She becomes entangled in a potentially dangerous sequence of events that will force her to re-examine her life. Mutum by director Sandra Kogut depicts life in an isolated provincial town through the eyes of little Thiago, who is on the verge of discovering the new and complex world of adults. The film, inspired by a story by Brazilian author Joao Guimaraes Rosa (1908-1967), is a prizewinner of the 2007 film festival in Rio de Janeiro. That same year, it had the honour of closing out the Cannes Film Festival's lauded Directors' Fortnight.
Also based on Joao Guimaraes Rosa is the 2011 winner in Rio – Matraga (directed by Vinicius Coimbra) about a cruel farmer, Augusto Matraga, who lives above the law. After a near-death experience, he sets out on a redemption path that will have the saint and the warrior in him duel. The film will conclude the Brazilian Cinema Week programme on 28 July.