MSSU Brazil Semester

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Brazilian Film Festival: Blindness

 Brazilian Film Festival: Blindness 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010
Courtyard at Student Residence Halls
Admission: free

2008
121 minutes

Directed by Fernando Meirelles. A doctor’s wife becomes the only person with the ability to see in a town where everyone is struck with a mysterious case of sudden blindness. She feigns illness in order to take care of her husband as her surrounding community breaks down into chaos. Nominated for the Golden Palm at the 2008 Cannes Festival.

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Brazilian Film Festival: Black Orpheus

 Brazilian Film Festival: Black Orpheus7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1958
103 minutes

Director Marcel Camus’ classic, dynamic retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in Rio de Janeiro during carnival time. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes and Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

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Brazilian Film Festival: Entranced Earth (Terra em Trance)

 Brazilian Film Festival: Entranced Earth (Terra em Trance)7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1966
112 minutes

Highly controversial when it appeared, the film explores the consequences of political commitment through the story of a young poet and journalist whose lover persuades him to get involved in politics. The film’s notable Brazilian director, Glauber Rocha, called Terra Em Transe “my most important film…a more profound expression of my life.”

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Brazilian Film Festival: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

 Brazilian Film Festival: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1977
106 minutes

A young widow is caught between her respectable new husband and her more exciting but dead first husband. Facets called the film “funny, sexy and intoxicating!” Directed by Bruno Barreto.

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Brazilian Film Festival: Bye Bye Brazil

 Brazilian Film Festival: Bye Bye Brazil7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1980
110 minutes

What has been called “one of the most original and entertaining films of recent years,” Bye Bye Brazil follows a traveling sideshow as it makes its way over 9,000 miles of rural and backwoods Brazil. Directed by Carlos Diegues.

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Brazilian Film Festival: Central Station

 Brazilian Film Festival: Central Station7:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

1998
106 minutes

Featuring an outstanding performance by Fernando Montenegro, this very popular film focuses on the unlikely friendship that develops between a lonely, older woman and an orphan boy she encounters at Rio de Janeiro’s central train station. Directed by Walter Salles.

Rated R for language.

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Brazilian Film Festival: City of God

 Brazilian Film Festival: City of God7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2002
131 minutes

Director Fernando Meirelles’ brutal, gripping portrait of life over three decades in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and how gang warfare there transforms the lives of children, many portrayed by nonprofessional actors. Perhaps the most creative and arresting film to come from Brazil in the last 20 years.

Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language.

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Brazilian Film Festival: Two Sons of Francisco

 Brazilian Film Festival: Two Sons of Francisco7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

2005
122 minutes

Brazil’s highest grossing film in decades traces the struggle and triumph of two brothers who become an outstanding country music duo. Directed by Breno Silveira.

This film is not rated.

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