The black & white A festa de Margarette is a bitter comedy that is reminiscent of the silent film from the 1920s in every respect. The talented débutante Falcao tells the story, that is situated in the present, without dialogue and even without intertitles. Using situations, pantomime, lively Brazilian instrumental music and the occasional slapstick, he gives a modern interpretation of the classic genre. The underexposed, messy shots are fluently cut. The clownesque Higue Gomez turns his leading role as Pedro into a contemporary Charlie Chaplin. Pedro lives with his wife Margarette, children, a grandmother and countless other relatives in a remote house in the south of Brazil. He dreams of giving a large birthday party for Margarette, but he is only just about able to make ends meet and has also run up a tab at the bar. When Pedro is sacked from the car factory, his dream falls apart. But his redundancy payment comprises a suitcase and a bag of money. Despite all the financial excesses that Pedro overindulges in, the bottom of the suitcase never comes into sight. Nevertheless he is confronted painfully with harsh reality. Violence, murder and corruption make Pedro’s new life a nightmare.
Regie: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
A cinematic poem dedicated to the twenty cities that make up the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, ACIDENTE is composed of filmed postcards from these extremely varied locations.
Regie: Cao, Pablo Guimarães, Lobato
72 min, Beta SP, Farbe, Ohne Dialog
In Kooperation mit dem Österr. Lateinamerika- Institut/Sektion Tirol
Regie: Sérgio Silva
In 2030 the planet is devastated by war and pollution. Brother Sebastian, a novice in a congregation whose rules syncretise the Christianity of martyrdom and the messianic beliefs of Northeastern Brazil, is preparing his ordination. But he is haunted by doubt, the shame of having been sexually abused as a child, and his guilty desire for an androgynous friar. He confesses himself to Father Sanctus, the founder of the order, whom he considers his saviour.
Regie: José Araújo
150 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Weltpremiere Fribourg 06; In Anwesenheit von José Araújo; In Kooperation mit Kino Otok-Isola Cinema und dem Österr. Lateinamerika-Institut/Sektion Tirol
A terrible massacre took place in Baixada Fluminense, near the city of Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-nine people were killed by a death squad, the largest massacre in the history of Rio. The killers are extermination groups made up of policemen who work in the area, and who are involved in extortions, kidnapping, drug dealing and homicide. This has been going on since the 1950s, but it has never been as extreme as it is today. Nominiert für ray Filmmagazin-Dokumentarfilmpreis
Regie: Kiko Goifman
75 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Nominiert für ray Filmmagazin-Dokumentarfilmpreis; In Kooperation mit dem Österr. Lateinamerika-Institut/Sektion Tirol
Somewhere in Brazil, in a village set amid sugar can plantations, hell is located. Here a young girl lives together with her grandfather. During the day she is his slave, in the evening she is forced to present herself naked in front of men willing to pay. The only, quite questionable attention she gets from the young Cícero who is digging the latrine next to the house…
Regie: Cláudio Assis
82 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Rotterdam Film Festival 2007
In the State of Bahia, Brazil, an educated black man named Firmino returns to his home fishing village to try and free people from mysticism, in particular the Candomblé religion, which he considers a factor of political and social oppression, with tragic outcome. Aruan, a young man, is not able to have sexual relationships. Firmino decides to illustrate that even Aruan is a man like every one else, and gets the help of a prostitute, who goes after the young man. After the two have slept together, he loses his power and brings bad luck to his people. Aruan emigrates to the city while the prostitute kills herself.
In order to survive in their old tradition, the Guarani-Kaiowà, an endangered Brazilian tribe, decide to leave their assigned reservation to return to the place of their forefathers. But meanwhile this land has become property of a great land owner who will stop at nothing to displace the Guarani-Kaiowà again. BIRDWATCHERS is a film full of extremes. On the basis of a fictional story the movie points on the problems of Brazilian natives. Tradition and civilisation clash in an inconsistent manner. It is a fight for justice, acceptance and survival.
Regie: Ugo Giorgetti
BRASILEIRINHO is a musical documentary film about Choro, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music that has become a fascinating style of modern tropical sounds in the last 130 years. It was back in the late 19th century in Rio de Janeiro when Brazilian musicians started to blend European melodies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the melancholic interpretation of the Brazilian Indians’ music to create the Choro. It was performed in beer halls as well as in dancing and concert places and is credited as being the first musical expression of Brazil’s melting pot and had a prominent place in the development of Brazil’s cultural identity.
Atmospheric and bleached road movie about a paradoxical friendship during the Second World War. Johann is a German travelling salesman in aspirin who tries to escape the violent civilisation. In the remote north-west, he stops to give arrives to a young hitchhiker Ranulpho, who wants to seek fame and fortune in Río.
Regie: Marcelo Gomes
Festivals: Cannes 05, Hamburg 05, San Sebastian 05, Rotterdam 06; In Anwesenheit des Regisseurs und des Hauptdarstellers; In Kooperation mit dem Österreichischen Lateinamerika-Institut/Sektion Tirol
In kleinen bissigen Szenen zeigt Sérgio Bianchi, was im heutigen Brasilien untragbar ist, vom Nord-Süd-Gefälle über den gewöhnlichen Rassismus und die Polizeigewalt bis zur Verdrängung des Elends. Als Störfaktor der Festlichkeiten zum 500. Jahrestag der Entdeckung Brasiliens hinterläßt der Film einen nachhaltigen Eindruck. Sérgio Bianchi: „Ich wolle einen Film über die brasilianische Identität drehen. Ich wollte vermeiden, was bereits alle anderen machen, nämlich europäische oder amerikanische Produktionen kopieren, in der stets vergeblichen Hoffnung, einen raschen Erfolg zu verbuchen. Die Situationen im Film entsprechen Erfahrungen, die mein Co-Autor oder ich gemacht haben. In erster Linie lag mir jedoch daran, den totalen Mangel an Solidarität zu beschreiben, diesen eigentlichen Riß, der sich, wie ich täglich feststelle, durch die menschlichen Beziehungen zieht.“ (Viennale 2000) Sérgio Bianchi (1945 Ponta Grossa) arbeitete als Darsteller, Kameramann und Regieassistent, bevor er 1972 seinen ersten Kurzfilm drehte. Filmographie (Auswahl): MATO ELES? (1982 Dok), ROMANCE (1988), A CAUSA SECRETA (1994)
Regie: Sérgio Bianchi
101 min, 35mm, Farbe, OmeU
Six domestic workers share their thoughts about their employers and their experiences on the job in this satiric comedy.
Regie: Fernando Meirelles & Nando Olival
124 min, 35mm, Farbe, portugiesische OmU
Regie: Eduardo Caron
RAT FEVER is a popular expression, typically heard in the city of Recife located in the Northeast region of Brazil for someone who is out of control – an angry person. And it is with this very expression that Zizo, a non-conformist poet with anarchistic attitudes, names his small tabloid that he publishes at his own cost. One day all convictions of Zizo seem to crumble when faced with the innocent Eneida. This is the beginning of the poet’s transformation, and she becomes the antenna that will guide, from that moment, the desires of the poet.
A story, or a part of a story, about the way in which love is represented in our world. This vast subject is, however, reduced to comparatively simple mis-en-scène.
Regie: Julio Bressane
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe und s/w, bras. OF mit engl. UT
Official Selection 35ème Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2003
Regie: Marco Bechis
Garapa is a mix of sugar and water – the staff of life of many people in Brazil who are starving. Parents who cannot offer their children anything else but Garapa, suffer even more under their situation. Director José Padilha follows three starving Brazilian families for thirty days – one in a big city, the other in a village and the third family that lives far off any communal constitution.
Regie: José Padilha
110 min, 35mm, schwarzweiß, OF mit engl. UT
The young Analía travels to Buenos Aires to deliver pieces of art. A confusion in the address leads her to a Muslim community, where she participates in a strange ritual. She is fascinated by the new strange world and decides to slip into this new world. She rents a room nearby. On a Wanted advertisement she discovers the name „Habiba Rafat“ – and this is what she decides to name herself. She learns the language of strangers and the Muslim prayer, she finds a job and makes new friends. She learns what it means to be different.
Chico, an adolescent holidaying on the «longest and worst beach on earth», meets Roza in a game hall. He falls in love. On the first night of their encounter, they make love, but Roza vanishes immediately. With the help of his friend Juca, Chico searches for Roza on the beach, but in vain. It is only after the holidays that he sees her again. When Chico tries to speak of «their night», Roza informs him that she is pregnant. It would be difficult for teenagers not to identify with the characters of Houve Uma Vez Dois Verões. The brilliant narrative, full of freshness but also of traps, is the sexual and amorous initiation of two adolescents. «I have always loved dramas that, according to Aristotle’s definition, reveal the worst in human beings, like a deformed mirror in an amusement park where people look like gas tanks or Modigliani paintings. So what is new? The novelty lies in the young actors, the beach, the music, the adventure, a few jokes, and the love scenes. The rest is of lesser importance.» Jorge Furtado
LA FóRMULA SECRETA/ THE SECRET FORMULA MEX 1966 43 min 35mm Rúben Gámez b/w, Spanish with Engl. ST A small portrait of Mexico – 1966. The problems and dreams of the Mexican people.
OPERAçãO BRASIL/ OPERATION BRAZIL BRA 1985
11 min, 35mm, Luiz Alberto Pereira b/w, Spanish with Engl. ST When in April 1985 the country’s first democratically-elected President, Tancredo Neves, became seriously ill right after the elections, the population and the media worried for weeks about the first representative of their national identity.
QUEREMOS AS ONDAS DO AR! WE WANT AIRWAVES! BRA 1986 11min, 35mm, colour/Portuguese with Engl. ST Francisco César Filho / Tata Amaral A film pamphlet from Brazil against biased information and for the democratisation of telecommunications. Different textures are combined without compunction.
The Brazilian primeval forest is the scene of a human tragedy. This unique ecosystem, which is essential to us all, is being destroyed day by day by lumbermen, soy-farmers, corn-growers and cattle-breeders. But first of all well-funded foreign conglomerates are responsible for the daily ruthless exploitation of the rainforest and its animals and people. KAHLSCHLAG shows how natives see themselves confronted with losing their livelihoods. Marginalized and to a large extend deprived of their culture, they try to save a last piece of their identity.
Regie: Ruy Guerra