A wide-ranging selection of documentaries and feature films from and about Brazil.
Directed by Silvio Da-Rin • Documentary • 2011 • 87 minutes
10th PARALLEL takes us on a 300-mile journey up Brazil's Envira river into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, to the frontier of a territory populated by the country's uncontacted indigenous tribes. Our guide is Jose Carlos Meirelles, ...
Directed by João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa • Drama • With Aristides de Sousa • 2017 • 98 minutes
Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and ...
Directed by Quentin Delaroche • Documentary • With Mayara Gomes, César Lucena • 2017 • 76 minutes
Every four years, the calm routine of Camocim de São Félix, a small city in Pernambuco is rocked. During the municipal campaign, the city is split in two and lives seem to function only around polit...
Carmo Hit the Road
Directed by Murilo Pasta • Drama • With Seu Jorge • 2010 • 100 minutes
Carmo would do anything to escape the hellhole of a Brazilian border town where she lives. So when a lonesome, wheelchair-bound low-life named Marco arrives on the scene, she jumps at the chance to help him transport a shipme...
Directed by Fellipe Barbosa • Drama • With Marcello Novaes, Suzana Pires, Thales Cavalcanti • 2014 • 115 minutes
Jean Cavalcanti attends a well reguarded private boys' school. He lives a carefree life of moderate privilege in a gated, custom built house in an affluent neighborhood in suburban Ri...
Directed by Eryk Rocha • Documentary • 2016 • 90 minutes
CINEMA NOVO is a film essay that poetically investigates the eponimous Brazilian film movement, the most prominent in Latin America in the past century, through the analysis of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira do Santos, Glauber Rocha, Leo...
Cinema of Tears
Directed by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos • Documentary • With Raul Cortez, André Barros, Christiane Torloni, Patrick Tannus, Cosme Alves Neto • 1995 • 95 minutes
Personal view of the Latin American cinema by Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos, based on an adaptation of a novel by Silvia O...
The City of the Future
Directed by Cláudio Marques & Marília Hughes Guerreiro • Drama • With Gilmar Araújo, Igor Santos, Milla Suzart • 2016 • 75 minutes
In Serra do Ramalho, Brazil, young teacher Milla finds herself pregnant by her colleague Gilmar. Gilmar is in a relationship with Igor, but Milla asserts that the ba...
Directed by Petra Costa • Documentary • With Petra Costa, Elena Andrade • 2012 • 80 minutes
Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictators...
Directed by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra • Drama • With Sabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo • 2017 • 135 minutes
Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothi...
Directed by Ives Rosenfeld • Drama • With Ariclenes Barroso, Sérgio Malheiros • 2015 • 74 minutes
“Hopefuls” tells the story of Junior, a young player for Bacaxa A.C, an amateur football team from the city of Saquarema, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. He has to deal with the unexpected pre...
Directed by Gabriel Mascaro • Documentary • 2012 • 76 minutes
Housemaids are an integral part of the household in Brazil, and participate in the day-to-day life of the family. The employment of housemaids is almost obligatory among the middle and upper classes of the country. The vast majority o...
In the Intense Now
Directed by João Moreira Salles • Documentary • 2017 • 127 minutes
Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of C...
Directed by Maya Da-Rin • Documentary • 2009 • 75 minutes
On the triple frontier between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the twin towns of LetТcia and Tabatinga form an urban island surrounded by the Amazon rain-forest. Following the ordinary events and the constant come and go of people along the bo...
Directed by Marcelo Diaz • Documentary • With Maria Luiza Da Silva, Gabriel Graça, Sandra Studart, Diáulas Ribeiro, José Augusto Pinto Serrano • 2019 • 80 minutes
Maria Luiza da Silva is the first transgender in the history of the Brazilian Armed Forces. After 22 years of work in the military, ...
Directed by Maya Da-Rin • Documentary • 2007 • 54 minutes
Large boats navigate the Amazon River daily, transporting people, animals and goods. This film portrays one of these trips, starting at the border of Brazil and Colombia to the Peruvian city Iquitos. During two days and three nights, pass...
Marina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in Between
Directed by Marco Del Fiol • Documentary • 2016 • 86 minutes
Marina Abramović travels through Brazil in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process. The route is comprised of poignant encounters with healers and sages from t...
O Amor Natural
Directed by Heddy Honigmann • Documentary • 2007 • 76 minutes
O AMOR NATURAL is a documentary film about the erotic poetry of one of the greatest Latin American poets of the 20th century, the Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987).
The erotic poems of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a hou...
Directed by Julia Murat • Drama • With Raquel Karro; Rodrigo Bolzan • 2017 • 105 minutes
A young couple settles down in a large abandoned industrial warehouse. An orange strip, glued to the floor, partitions the area in two equal portions: to the right, his sculpture atelier; to the left, her da...
The Spectre of Hope
Directed by Paul Carlin • Documentary • With John Berger, Sebastiao Salgado • 2001 • 52 minutes
Over the past 30 years Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's work has won every major award for excellence. More importantly, his photographs have had an actual impact on the world and how it is ...
Thinking Existenz - Ep 09 - Lula da Silva
Directed by Graça Castanheira • Documentary • With Lula da Silva • 2013 • 30 minutes
Ten personalities from diverse social and geographical backgrounds reflect on the world and its future. A portrait in multiple voices of contemporary reality, revealing the deep connections that exist between ou...
Directed by Sandra Kogut • Drama • With Regina Casé, Rogério Fróes, Otavio Müller • 2019 • 94 minutes
Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums (Regina Casé) relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way, in Sandra Kogut’s...
Waiting for the Carnival
Directed by Marcelo Gomes • Documentary • 2019 • 86 minutes
The small village of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism. Each year, more than 20-million pairs of jeans are produced in make-shift factories. The locals work non-stop hours, proud to be the masters of their own time. Durin...