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MARGARETTE'S FEAST (A Festa de Margarette)
Director: Renato Falcão
Brazil   |   2002   |   80 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Brazilian, black-and-white silent film, Margarette's Feast, is director Renato Falcão's stunning debut feature. The phenomenal Hique Gomez plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world whose predicament transforms him into this tall stick of a human alternately tugging at your heart-strings and your laugh-out-loud muscles 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 Dicken's or Balzac.

About the director Born in Passo Fundo, Brasil in 1963, Renato Falcao is an award-winning cinematographer and director. He has shot five feature films and more than 20 short films, as well as numerous documentaries, television miniseries, and music videos, winning several awards for his work at film festivals around the world. As a cinematographer, Renato shot his first internationally acclaimed short film, “Presage”, in 1993. His 1994 short film, “Save me”, received awards at the 1995 Houston Worldfest and the Columbus International Film Festival. In 1997, his short film, “Dearly Beloved”, produced by The Shooting Gallery and starring Eric Stoltz, received the Best Short Film Award at the 1997 Houston Worldfest. Renato has also served as cinematographer for the critically acclaimed feature, “Neptune's Rocking Horse”, and the highly grossing independent film, “American Desi”. Renato made his directorial debut in 1994 with the documentary, “Um Ato de Amor à Vida”, which played a consequential role in the AIDS prevention movement in Brasil. In 2002, Renato served as director, as well as writer and cinematographer, for his first feature film, “Margarette’s Feast”, which received the Best Music Award at the “Cine Ceara 2002 — Brasil”, and the awards for Best Art Director and Best New Director at the “35 Festival de Cinema de Brasilia — Brasil”, the oldest and most respected Brazilian Film Festival. Renato has studied with well-known directors of photography such as Laszlo Kovacs A.S.C, Sol Negrin A.S.C, and the Oscar winning Richard Shore A.S.C., as well as the great Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás. He is currently in postproduction for the documentary, “Iberê”, about the great Brasilian painter Iberê Camargo.

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MANGO YELLOW (Amarelo Manga)
Director: Cláudio Assis
Brazil   |   2002   |   100 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Guaranteed to shock even jaded viewers, Claudio Assis' debut feature is seeped in bold, sun drenched colors. It is a provocative tale of low-rent losers set in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Assis' characters seemingly stem from some Carnival hell - a macho butcher and his born-again wife, a forlorn barmaid, a sinister sadist and the gay manager of a flophouse called the Hotel Texas. A cleverly interconnected script propels the action in this highly original film with its perfect confluence between style and story.

About the Director Cláudio Assis was born in Caruaru, Pernambuco. He directed Henrique (1987), Soneto do Desmantelo Blue (1993), and Texas Hotel (1999), short films that granted him numerous awards in the main Brazilian film festivals. He was also the production manager of the feature film, Baile Perfumado (1997), grand winner of the Brasília Film Festival.

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HOLLOW CITY (Na Cidade Vazia)
Director: Maria Joao Ganga
Angola   |   2004   |   88 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Set in the aftermath of the Angolan revolution and the devastating results, this film chronicles the impact on even the most innocent. Orphaned at age 11, Ndala arrives in Luanda on a military transport plane filled with other children in the same situation. During the confusion of arrival, he runs away and begins his journey through the unfamiliar and un-welcoming city. Ndala meets Z, an older boy who shares the epic story of a young warrior. Z and his friends, who drift amongst the Luanda homeless, fascinate Ndala and he is tragically pulled into their existence of survival. Maria Joo Ganga presents contrasting visual styles that reflect Ndalas journey. His discovery of the seaside is bathed in brilliant blues and yellows reflecting the purity of sea and sky, in contrast with his connection to Z, bringing him into a clandestine world of interiors with dilapidated apartments and smoky, ramshackle bars redolent of perpetual night.

About the Director Maria João Ganga was born in Huambo, Angola, in 1964. She studied filmmaking at L'école Superieure Libre d'etudes Cinematographiques (ESEC) in Paris. She has served as an assistant director on several documentaries, including Rostov-Luanda by Abderrahmane Sissako, and has also written and directed for theater. Hollow City is her first feature film.

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ALMOST BROTHERS (Quase Dois Irmãos)
Director: Lúcia Murat
Brazil   |   2004   |   102 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis This poignant film is the story of two men: white, middleclass Miguel, and black favela-dweller Jorge who meet as boys through their fathers' passion for music. Their friendship is renewed during a lengthy incarceration in the mid 1970's. Director Lúcia Murat offers a commentary on the lowest rung of society in contemporary Rio de Janeiro when, as adults, Miguel and Jorge, one a government official and the other a drug lord, respectively, discover that their lives have more in common than they ever realized.

About the Director Lúcia Murat was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948. Her earliest was in educational television. Her first feature film was How Nice to See You Alive (1989), which won the Best Film award at the Brasilia Film Festival. Among her feature films are Sweet Power (1996) and Brave New Land (2000). Almost Brothers (2004) won the FIPRESCI Prize and Best Director Award at the 2004 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

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CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
Brazil   |   2005   |   99 minutes
Portuguese and German with subtitles in English
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Brazil’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Synopsis 1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought. Although their personalities and lives are worlds apart, the two men develop a deep friendship, as Johan, in an effort to provide Ranulpho with job skills, teaches Ranulpho to run the film projector, and drive a truck. In this deliberately-paced road film, Marcelo Gomes reminds us that war is as close as Johan's radio, broadcasting its relentless warnings that all lives are changed when the world is in conflict.

About the Director Marcelo Gomes was born in Recife, in Northeastern Brazil. He studied filmmaking at Bristol University in the United Kingdom and produced his first short, Maracutu Maracutus in 1994. He produced the documentaries Punk, Rock, Hard Core (1996) and Expresso Brazil (1997). Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2004), his first feature film, received a Special Jury Prize and Best Actor Award (Joao Miguel) at the 2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

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ANOTHER MAN'S GARDEN (O Jardim do Outro Homem)
Director: João Luis Sol de Carvalho
Mozambique, Portugal & France   |   2006   |   80 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis For a young girl who wants to study medicine in Mozambique, the obstacles extend far beyond the distractions of her boyfriend and her family. A moment of weakness or an error in judgment can cost her a place at the university, an irretrievable loss in a country with so few opportunities for women. Sol de Carvalho dedicates this film to the courage of young women who continue to strive against the odds, proving that educating a girl is not a waste of time in a land where it is perceived that "sending a girl to school is like watering another man's garden."

About the Director João Luis Sol de Carvalho was born in Beira, Mozambique in 1953. He studied at the Conservatório Nacional de Cinema in Lisbon, and worked as a journalist, editor and photographer as well as producing numerous documentaries and television programs. Sol de Carvalho is the founder and general manager of Promarte Production Company in Maputo. O Jardim do Outro Homem is his first feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2007 film series.

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MUTUM
Director: Sandra Kogut
Brazil   |   2007   |   86 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Thiago is a sensitive and imaginative boy living on a small, hardscrabble farm in a remote region of Brazil. His life is filled not only with curiosity and youthful discovery, but also the reality of his parent's unhappy marriage and his father's abuse—all of which are one day changed by a chance encounter and unexpected gift. Director Sandra Kogut, in her poetic adaptation of the Brazilian short story Campo Geral, focuses on minute details of rural life to tell a bittersweet story of one boy's coming-of-age amidst events both great and small.

About the Director Sandra Kogut was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1965. She began her career creating performance pieces and installations in Brazil, France and the United States. Her short films have won numerous awards at festivals worldwide and her work has been featured in many venues throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Harvard Film Archive and the Forum des Images. Mutum is her first feature film.

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.

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SLEEPWALKING LAND (Terra Sonâmbula)
Director: Teresa Prata
Mozambique   |   2007   |   97 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the only guide to finding his mother is a dead man's diary. Together, the storyteller and diary lead him on a magical, and sometimes macabre, journey across war-torn landscapes to find the family he lost. Based on Mia Coutou's acclaimed Portuguese novel of the same name, Teresa Prata's transporting drama underscores the power of imagination in surviving, and ultimately overcoming, the catastrophe of war.

About the Director Teresa Prata was born in Portugal and spent her childhood in Mozambique. She studied biology at the University of Coimbra and holds a degree in Screenwriting and Directing from the German Film and Television School. She began her career working at an art gallery and has made several experimental videos and installations. Sleepwalking Land is her first feature film.

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THE TENANTS (Os Inquilinos)
Director: Sérgio Bianchi
Brazil   |   2009   |   103 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors. Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

About the Director Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968, he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance, The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible.

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DVD Release Date: March 2012

Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.

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CRAFT (Riscado)
Director: Gustavo Pizzi
Brazil   |   2010   |   85 minutes
Portuguese and French, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Bianca manages a precarious living as a talented but underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro, performing for private events dressed as female movie icons. Troubled by the thought she has missed her chance at a “big break,” she perseveres with single-minded dedication to her craft—until an audition leads to a rare opportunity, and possible redemption for years of social marginality. But her world may still prove too insecure, even for one as gifted and deserving as Bianca. Set against rich visuals and a down-to-earth tone, Karine Teles’s remarkable lead performance drives an enveloping drama of everyday tragedy in the working world of an artist.


About the Director Gustavo Pizzi was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1977. He studied cinema at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has worked in film since 1996. He was Executive Producer for the short films 7 Minutes and Ivan's Distraction, the latter of which was presented at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010. He also produced and edited the feature documentary L.A.P.A., and in 2006 had his directorial debut with the feature documentary Simple Past. Craft is his first narrative feature film.


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