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A newly-struck copy of a classic early film by Pereira dos Santos, whose Brasilia 18% is premiering at the Festival. Adapted from a novel by Graciliano Ramos, the film follows a ranch hand and his family, who are forced off their land by a severe drought and social injustice, and head off in search of work and a better life. | Read MoreDrama
A star medical examiner is called to Brasilia, the administrative capital of Brazil, to confirm the identity of a beautiful, young congressional aide's dead body. But his scientific rigor soon leads him to details of a multi-layered political scandal. This wild thriller by Cinema Novo pioneer Nelson Pereira dos Santos is a hallucinatory meditation on governmental corruption. | Read More
The acclaimed director of Pixote and Kiss of the Spider Woman dramatizes the 1992 prisoner revolt and massacre at Sao Paulo's infamous Carandiru penitentiary. A tender, forceful, and personal film for Babenco and ultimately an insightful metaphor of contemporary Brazilian society. | Read More
Deftly interspersing home movies with contemporary images, director Paula Gaitán creates a compelling voyage of discovery in her return to Sintra, Portugal on a search for memories of her late husband (the Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha). | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Fresh from its Golden Bear win at Berlin, and one of Brazil's most controversial films, Elite Squad is a searing look at the corruption of the special police force in the volatile slums of Rio. As one cop desperately tries to get out, two naive recruits see if they have what it takes to get in. | Read MoreCrime and Thriller
The lives of a beautiful biker babe and a tall blonde drag performer intertwine in this vibrant Rio-set romantic comedy. Elvis is an aspiring young photographer delivering pizzas to make ends meet. Madona's plans for a spectacular drag show have just been dashed when her rotten sometime lover steals all her money. When they meet by chance, Elvis and Madona's unlikely love will help them chase their dreams and deal with the obstacles that arise along the way. | Read MoreComedy
Sergio Vieira de Mello spent his life helping refugees in Rwanda, East Timor and Cambodia. On August 19, 2003, the United Nations Special Envoy was killed by car bomb. Through interviews with Kofi Annan, Richard Holbrooke, and others. Presented in conjuction with the UN, along with the first steps, a UN-produced short film about childhood polio. In English and French
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The dilemma of those who live in Rio's slums and struggle to overcome unbelievable poverty and gang violence seems even more painful since their favelas overlook one of the world's most beautiful beaches. This electrifying film depicts the journey of one remarkable individual who emerged from the favelas to create the nonviolent flowering of Afro-Brazilian culture known as Afro-reggae.
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Director José Padilha (Bus 174) follows up his Golden Bear-winning Elite Squad with this austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families. At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis. | Read MoreDocumentary