Nov 9-13, 2017

Cinema Novo

WITH GUEST DIRECTOR ERYK ROCHA

Run Time: 90 mins Brazil Language: Portuguese

Synopsis

Rocha’s Cinema Novo is a film-essay that poetically investigates the eponymous Brazilian film movement, the most important in Latin America in the past century. Robert Sklar wrote: “More than almost any other filmmaking practice, Cinema Novo embodied the multiple struggles and contradictions involved in the idea that cinema could be a force in transforming social policies and perceptions.” Eryk Rocha, son of the legendary Cinema Novo director Glauber Rocha and an accomplished filmmaker himself, has made an extraordinary film that embodies the feeling of the movement, rather than providing a distanced account of it. It is a rush of electric imagery and fascinating clips of and by Cinema Novo’s main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Carlos Diegues, Ruy Guerra, and, of course, Glauber Rocha.

[Cinema Novo] truly endeavors to capture the spirit and substance of a genre that swept a nation five decades ago…For those who couldn’t be there to experience it for themselves, this really is the next best thing. If only all primers on important chapters in film history could be this evocative.

— Sarah Ward, Screen

Rocha’s Cinema Novo is a film-essay that poetically investigates the eponymous Brazilian film movement, the most important in Latin America in the past century. Robert Sklar wrote: “More than almost any other filmmaking practice, Cinema Novo embodied the multiple struggles and contradictions involved in the idea that cinema could be a force in transforming social policies and perceptions.” Eryk Rocha, son of the legendary Cinema Novo director Glauber Rocha and an accomplished filmmaker himself, has made an extraordinary film that embodies the feeling of the movement, rather than providing a distanced account of it. It is a rush of electric imagery and fascinating clips of and by Cinema Novo’s main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Carlos Diegues, Ruy Guerra, and, of course, Glauber Rocha.

[Cinema Novo] truly endeavors to capture the spirit and substance of a genre that swept a nation five decades ago…For those who couldn’t be there to experience it for themselves, this really is the next best thing. If only all primers on important chapters in film history could be this evocative.

— Sarah Ward, Screen

Film Details

BRAZIL, 2016
DIRECTED BY ERYK ROCHA
WRITTEN BY ERYK ROCHA, JUAN POSADA
EDITED BY RENATO VALLONE
MUSIC BY AVA ROCHA
CAST: GLAUBER ROCHA, NELSON PEREIRA DOS SANTOS, JOAQUIM PEDRO DE ANDRADE, CARLOS DIEGUES
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS

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