World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Brazilian stories

Brazilian Stories
In the past years several very talented, young Brazilian filmmakers have made their mark on international film festivals. Many of them have given evidence of their amazing talents with their shorts and recently also with their longer debut films and have attracted the attention of cinema critics and fans within as well as outside Brazil. Until recently mainly commercial films were produced in Brazil, whereas this new generation tells us small, intimate stories or focuses on social issues.

In the Netherlands, Brazil as a filmmaking country is relatively unknown to a general audience. The few Brazilian films screened here can hardly be called typical of present-day Brazilian cinema. With this program, we hope to convince our audience of the quality of present-day Brazilian cinema so that they will keep coming back for more from Brazil in future.

Under the umbrella of the Brazilian Stories program, 10 feature-length and 8 short, independently produced films will be screened to give an intriguing impression of the diversity and quality of filmmaking in Brazil. Please see Film A-Z for a list of films in this program.

De muziekfilm is in Brazilië een razend populair genre op zichzelf. Ook hieraan wil World Cinema Amsterdam aandacht besteden. Samen met A Hora do Brazil presenteert het festival een vijftal muziekfilms, die niet alleen de rijke Braziliaanse muziekcultuur in beeld brengt, maar ook de politieke en maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen in de recente geschiedenis toont.
Voor wie meer wil weten van de Braziliaanse cinema, cultuur en maatschappij, verwijs ik graag naar het artikel van gastcurator Lis Kogan in deze catalogus. Zelf deze bijzondere films gaan kijken, levert natuurlijk het meeste inzicht op – én een mooie filmervaring!
Brazilian Summer Sessions Docs
Wie aan Braziliaanse muziek denkt, heeft meestal de swingende samba in gedachten. Maar de muziek uit Brazilië is veel meer. In samenwerking met Neyde Lantyer en Claudia Trajano van A Hora do Brasil stelde World Cinema Amsterdam een speciaal filmprogramma samen dat juist dat laat zien. Op het programma staan vijf documentaires die vooral inzoomen op de Braziliaanse populaire muziek van de jaren '60 en '70. Het was de tijd van het experiment, de tijd van de Tropicália, een stroming die een enorme impact had op de popscene – niet alleen in Brazilië, maar ook ver daarbuiten.
Raul_o_inico__o_fim_e_o_meio_1_website Brazilian Summer Sessions Docs
If there is one nation that absolutely adores music, it is Brazil. It is therefore no big surprise that many music films are produced in Brazil. This is reflected in this year’s World Cinema Amsterdam programming. During Brazilian Summer Sessions Docs fascinating music documentaries are screened, especially selected for this purpose with Neyde Lantyer en Claudia Trajano from A Hora do Brasil. These 'sessions' will show five documentaries that will mainly focus on Brazilian popular music in the 60s and 70s. It was the time of the experiment, the time of the Tropicália, a movement that had a huge impact on the pop scene - not only in Brazil but also abroad.

O_mundo__uma_cabea_1_website Cachaça Cinema Clube - Saturday 11 August
On Saturday 11 August it is time for the Cachaça Cinema Clube. Film and drinks, a concept that has been a big hit in Rio de Janeiro for quite some years now. A film audience, filmmakers and screeners regularly meet at the old Cine Odeon to watch shorts – and of course sip at their cachaça. On Saturday, the Clube meets for a one-off at Rialto!  Read more...
IMG_3283_150x100 Debate - Sunday 12 August
Brazilian cinema has managed to come out of the unknown in just a couple of years. In the past few to no Brazilian films reached the international stages, whereas nowadays they regularly receive awards at the major film festivals. Brazil as a film nation has by now practically reached the same status as acknowledged film superpowers as Argentina and Mexico. The simple question is: how is this possible? The answer will presumably be far from simple. Festival curator Lis Kogan, a leading expert on Brazilian cinema, will chair the discussion on all ins and outs of this question, with contributions from the directors attending the festival: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Adirley Queirós, Eduardo Nunes, Leonardo Sette, Juliana Rojas, Roberta Marques and Anita Rocha de Silveira. Free entrance.

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