Brazilian Film Festival Coming in April

The Council on Latin American Studies of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will host a festival of films from and about Brazil. The films, in Portuguese with English subtitles, will be shown in Room 211, Mason Laboratory, 9 Hillhouse Ave., at 7 p.m. The films are free and open to the public.

“Natural Love”April 2

“The Dolphin”April 9

“Foreign Land”April 16

“Taking Aim”April 23

“Natural Love” (1996), directed by Heddy Honigmann, celebrates the poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a household name in Brazil whose work remained unpublished during his lifetime because of its erotic content. The film conveys Drummond’s sensuality, as elderly residents of Rio de Janeiro read his poems and comment on their voluptuous imagery with tremendous candor and enthusiasm.

“The Dolphin” (1987), directed by Walter Lima Jr., is a mythic tale based on the folk legend of a dolphin who is transformed into a handsome young man when the moon is full. He comes ashore and excites the desires of the town’s women and the anxieties of the men.

“Foreign Land” (1995), directed by Walter Salles, dramatizes a generation in crisis. In 1990, Fernando Collor, the first elected president in Brazil after almost 30 years of military dictatorship, proposed to seize all savings accounts. The country plunged into chaos and more than 800,000 young Brazilians emigrated in search of a better life abroad. The film tells the story of Paco, who lives in a decaying area of Sao Paulo, and Alex, a young Brazilian woman, who emigrate to Portugal and learn the harsh lessons of life in another country.

“Taking Aim” (1993), directed by Monica Frota, chronicles changes in the Kayapo people of the Brazilian rain forest, who appropriate video technology as a political and cultural weapon. Using footage shot by the Kayapo, archival material, still shots and computer animation, “Taking Aim” explores issues of power and representation in a witty and provocative manner.

For further information, contact the Council on Latin American Studies at 432-3422.

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