NOVO CINEMA BRASILEIRO

Novo Cinema Brasileiro Short Film Night

Here comes a powerful rebellious programme of Brazilian cinema. Five beautiful, colourful short films to understand why Brazil has established itself as a powerhouse when it comes to world cinema.

Formally audacious, with a radical spirit of transgression and a hyper-present sense of physicality, Brazil produces one of the richest, more colourful and heterogeneous cinemas in the world. Dissident bodies and Resistance are at the core of this programme of films. Much has been written about Brazilian LGBTQ community’s contribution to contemporary cinema, and this programme is no exception, as we will celebrate diversity and plurality beyond binary choices. You’ll sing and you’ll dance with these films. A very physical programme where bodies are the protagonist, stomping, hitting, dancing bodies.

The programme will also touch on ideas around identity, home, community, memory and despair, as well as direct clash, resistance and satire to the Bolsonaro government with nostalgia, angst and rage against the Brazilian political machine.

IN-PERSON SCREENINGS
Join us either in Glasgow or in Edinburgh for a magical movie night.

GLASGOW:
📍 Where: CCA (350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow)
📆 When: Thursday 21st October, doors open at 19:30, screening starts at 20:00
😷 Safety regulations apply

EDINBURGH:
📍 Where: Old St Paul’s Church (63 Jeffrey St, Edinburgh)
📆 When: Friday 22nd October, doors open at 19:30, screening starts at 20:00
😷 Safety regulations apply

ONLINE SCREENING
Watch the festival from the comfort of your home by purchasing an online pass valid for 9 days!

📍 Where: via Festhome, from anywhere in the UK 
📆 When: Films available to watch from Thursday 21 October 19:30 until Friday 29 October 23:55.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

We know that art can flourish under despots, but we’re reluctant to admit it. Brazil’s living a golden era of filmmaking that had started before Bolsonaro came into power but has only gone higher and higher since the ultra-conservative military officer-turned-politician took power in 2018.

The more repressive Brazilian government has gone into cutting funding and aid towards Film and Culture, the brighter and more powerful response has been the response from Brazilian artists and filmmakers community.

Last summer, and despite several warnings (the most vocal being Kleber Mendonça Filho‘s plea for help during Cannes Film Festival), a fire broke out in the Cinemateca Brasileira, the largest collection of moving images in South America, and the hearts of film lovers across the world skipped a beat watching one of the world’s most important film archives set ablaze. Rather than an accident, it felt like a deliberate fire. Just last year, the government dismissed all 62 Cinemateca staff members, effectively closing the institution.

And yet, despite the total strangulation from the government, Brazilian films continue finding ways to be made – and, what is more – keep fascinating the world. New filmmakers go on to conquer the world’s most prestigious film festivals, just take a look at the awards lists of major festivals in the last three years. The quality and quantity of great Brazilian films coming out to the world in the last decade is quite unbelievable.

So here is a long-overdue wee tribute to Brazilian cinema. Just a taster of why Brazil has become such an incredible cinema powerhouse.

PORTUGAL PEQUENO (Little Portugal)

Director: Victor Quintanilha Moura Dias
Year: 2020
Duration: 20 min
Language: Portuguese

Synopsis: Jonatan dreams of becoming a famous funk singer and so providing the comfortable life that he sees in the media for himself and his father. Till then, both of them work as fishermen at Guanabara Bay. Together, they face the responsibilities and obstacles that life throws at them.

Festivals & Awards:
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Special Mention of the Jury, Winner
Panorama Coisa De Cinema, Audience Award & Special Jury Prize, Winners
Cinema Jove – Valencia Film Festival

CW: flashing lights, strong language, sexual references, mention of abortion

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QUEBRAMAR (Breakwater)

Director: Crys Lyra
Year: 2019
Duration: 27 min
Language: Portugues

Synopsis: A group of friends from São Paulo go on a trip to a remote beach. While they wait for the new year’s eve, they build a safe and pleasant environment through music and friendship.

Festivals & Awards:
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival, Best Documentary Short, Winner
LesGaiCineMad, Madrid LGBT Film Festival, Best Director, Winner

CW: depiction of nudity, discussion of homophobia, discussion of sexism, discussion of racism, discussion of PTSD, discussion of police brutality, flashing light, sound of explosion

Trailer:

 

ATORDOADO, EU PERMANEÇO ATENTO (Stunned, I Remain Alert)

Director: Henrique Amud, Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos
Year: 2019
Duration: 15 min
Language: Portugues

Synopsis: Three decades after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, journalist Dermi Azevedo recounts his personal story of resistance, torture, and the loss of loved ones. Never having stopped fighting for human rights, he now draws parallels to the current developments in his country and sounds the alarms about a return to such practices. A humanist‘s powerful commentary with extraordinary visuals.

Festivals & Awards:
Vienna Short Film Festival

CW: flashing imagery, discussion and depiction of violence, mention of racism, mention of homophobia, discussion and depiction of torture, discussion of PTSD, mention of suicide

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SAME/DIFFERENT/BOTH/NEITHER

Director: Adriana Barbosa, Fernanda Pessoa
Year: 2020
Duration: 19 min
Language: Portuguese

Synopsis: Fernanda is a Brazilian living in São Paulo, Adriana is a Mexican-Brazilian living in Los Angeles. In a period of isolation, far away from each other, they both reconnect through video-letters, inspired by the poetic gaze of women experimental filmmakers like Marie Menken, Joyce Wieland, Gunvor Nelson and Yvonne Rainer.

Festivals & Awards:
Short Waves Film Festival, Second Prize, Winner
Huesca Film Festival
Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

CW: flashing lights and imagery, mention of death

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SWINGUERRA (Swinger)

Director: Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
Year: 2019
Duration: 21 min
Language: Portuguese

Synopsis: Popular music genres and the role these play for a variety of groups, defining their identity and styling their appearance, are frequent components in research by the artist duo. Videos by Wagner and de Burca use rhythm, lyrics and dance to address issues like visibility, prejudice and cultural phenomena which may seem marginal but are very important in the lives of the people portrayed.

Festivals & Awards:
58th Venice Biennale – Official Representation of Brazil
ICA Boston
IFFR Rotterdam Film Festival

CW: flashing lights and imagery, strong language, sexual references, depiction of partial nudity

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Summary
Event
NOVO CINEMA BRASILEIRO SHORT FILM NIGHT
Location
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street,Glasgow,-G2 3JD
Starting on
21/10/2021
Ending on
29/10/2021
Description
Here comes a powerful rebellious programme of Brazilian cinema. Five beautiful, colourful short films to understand why Brazil has established itself as a powerhouse when it comes to world cinema. We know that art can flourish under despots, but we're reluctant to admit it. Brazil's living a golden era of filmmaking that had started before Bolsonaro came into power but has only gone higher and higher since the ultra-conservative military officer-turned-politician took power in 2018. The more repressive Brazilian government has gone into cutting funding and aid towards Film and Culture, the brighter and more powerful response has been the response from Brazilian artists and filmmakers community. Last summer, and despite several warnings (the most vocal being KMF's plea for help during Cannes Film Festival, a fire broke out in the Cinemateca Brasileira, the largest collection of moving images in South America, and the hearts of film lovers across the world skipped a beat watching one of the world's most important film archives set ablaze. Rather than an accident, it felt like a deliberate fire. Just last year, the government dismissed all 62 Cinemateca staff members, effectively closing the institution. And yet, despite the total strangulation from the government, Brazilian films continue finding ways to be made - and, what is more - keep fascinating the world. New filmmakers go on to conquer the world's most prestigious film festivals, just take a look at the awards lists of major festivals in the last three years. The quality and quantity of great Brazilian films coming out to the world in the last decade is quite unbelievable. So here is a long-overdue wee tribute to Brazilian cinema. Just a taster of why Brazil has become such an incredible cinema powerhouse. Formally audacious, with a radical spirit of transgression and a hyper-present sense of physicality, Brazil produces one of the richest, more colourful and heterogeneous cinemas in the world. Dissident bodies and Resistance are at the core of this programme of films. Much has been written about Brazilian LGBTQ community's contribution to contemporary cinema, and this programme is no exception, as we will celebrate diversity and plurality beyond binary choices. You'll sing and you'll dance with these films. A very physical programme where bodies are the protagonist, stomping, hitting, dancing bodies. The programme will also touch on ideas around identity, home, community, memory and despair, as well as direct clash, resistance and satire to the Bolsonaro government with nostalgia, angst and rage against the Brazilian political machine.
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