Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.
Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »
Tite de Lemos,
An essay on the imagination, cultural identity and prejudice against black people, focusing on the work of Gabriel Joaquim dos Santos, salt mine worker and semi-illiterate black artist who ... See full summary »
A film starting from naught. With no prior research, no characters, no sites, nor specific themes, a film team arrive to the hinterland of Paraíba state in northeastern Brazil in search of ... See full summary »
In Moscou, Eduardo Coutinho accompanies Grupo Galpão, directed by Enrique Diaz, in the rehearsals of the play "The Three Sisters", from Chekhov. The film consists in fragments of workshops, improvisations and rehearsals of the play.
The other half of Rio celebrates the turn of the millennium
This wonderful and insightful documentary focuses on the favela (slum) dwellers of Rio de Janeiro. And in particular all that takes place in the lives of a dozen very different characters from Babilonia, the hilltop slum with "Million Dollar Views." The inhabitants of Babilonia, by and large, are content to live in their own world high atop Copacabana. Fresh and candid interviews with these people, while following their activities during 18 hours between 11 AM New Year's Eve and the wee hours of New Year's Day 2000, are the essence of this fresh eye opener. A must.
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