This year’s Brazilian Film Festival takes place from July 8th to July 16th, screening over twenty of Brazil’s best recent films. The first two days of the festival feature concerts and outdoor screenings at Central Park’s SummerStage, while showings at Tribeca Cinemas start on the 10th.
Tickets are $12 and are available from www.ticketweb.com and the estival’s website www.brazilianfilmfestival.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 7PM
My Uncle Killed A Guy (Jorge Furtado, 2005) 85 min. Three meddling kids investigate a murder mystery, but end up in a comic love triangle. Thankfully, no dog is involved.
MONDAY, JULY 11, 10PM
Fabulous Fabio (Pedro Cezar, 2004) 63 min. Probably not the golden-haired beauty king you expect, this Fabio is actually a surfer—the greatest Brazilian surfer of all time—and he has short, brown hair. Still pretty ripped though.
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 9PM
Cinema Is My Garden (Sérgio Rezende, 2004) 54 min. Rezende examines the elusive theme of paradise and how it relates to the insatiable need to craft a perfect world inside a film.
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 10PM
The Wedding Dress (Joffre Rodriguez, 2005) 111 min. A mystery unravels through an accident victim’s hallucinations inspired by a dead woman’s diary.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 9PM
Nina (Heitor Dahlia, 2004) 85 min. A young artist struggles to get by in the hostile city of São Paulo before getting wrapped up in crime.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 9PM
What’s Up? (Felipe Joffily, 2005) 90 min. Three Rio kids head into a night of drama when trying to grab at some money to get away for Carnaval.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 10PM
Redeemer (Cláudio Torres, 2004) 100 min. A Robin Hood-esque story of a reporter who takes on a mission from God to convince his corrupt friend to donate all of his fortune to the poor.
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 8PM
Four For None (Alice de Andrade, 2005) 108 min. A journey through Brazil’s cities and countryside following the oddball romance of three men in love with the same woman.
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 9PM
Cafundó (Paulo Betti/Clóvis Bueno, 2005) 101 min. Loosely based on a true story, a former slave rises too quickly into the realm of the free world and gets the psychological bends. Fortunately, the ever-punctual God shows up to rescue him at his most despaired.
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 9PM
Romeo and Juliet Get Married (Bruno Barreto, 2005) 95 min. The title characters fall in love, despite being devoted to rival soccer teams. If ever you wished for a combination of Shakespeare and Bend It Like Beckham, today is your bizarro day.
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 10PM
Up Against Them All (Roberto Moreira, 2005) 95 min. A drama examining the fragile class structure in metropolitan Brazil focuses on a small, middle-class family on the outskirts of São Paulo.