Nov 9-13, 2017

Jards

WITH GUEST DIRECTOR ERYK ROCHA

Run Time: 90 mins Brazil Language: Portuguese

Synopsis

Born in 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Jards Macalé is a composer, singer and actor known for his influential role in Brazil’s tropicália movement in the 1960s. Rocha inventively uses his camera as an instrument, riffing with the legendary musician as he records a new album. Through Rocha’s expert use of a variety of film techniques, we begin to understand the many ways we can see and hear a performer. The film’s invigorating approach celebrates Macalé’s process of creation offering a visual guide to the artist’s introspection, joy, pain, darkness and radiance. Jards won Best Director at the Rio IFF and was invited to be part of New Directors/ New Films in New York, as well as IndieLisboa and Mar del Plata IFF.

“Jards is a jam session. Taking an apparent cue from Robert Altman’s definition of jazz as “an extension of a moment,” the documentary manages to avoid confessional pitfalls or gotcha- style interviewing by giving the full of its frame to 70-year-old samba musician Jards Macalé.”

— Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine

Born in 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Jards Macalé is a composer, singer and actor known for his influential role in Brazil’s tropicália movement in the 1960s. Rocha inventively uses his camera as an instrument, riffing with the legendary musician as he records a new album. Through Rocha’s expert use of a variety of film techniques, we begin to understand the many ways we can see and hear a performer. The film’s invigorating approach celebrates Macalé’s process of creation offering a visual guide to the artist’s introspection, joy, pain, darkness and radiance. Jards won Best Director at the Rio IFF and was invited to be part of New Directors/ New Films in New York, as well as IndieLisboa and Mar del Plata IFF.

“Jards is a jam session. Taking an apparent cue from Robert Altman’s definition of jazz as “an extension of a moment,” the documentary manages to avoid confessional pitfalls or gotcha- style interviewing by giving the full of its frame to 70-year-old samba musician Jards Macalé.”

— Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine

Film Details

BRAZIL, 2012
DIRECTED BY ERYK ROCHA
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY MIGUEL VASSY
EDITED BY JOAQUIM CASTRO
MUSIC BY JARDS MACALÉ
CAST: JARDS MACALÉ, ADRIANA CALCANHOTTO, LUIZ MELODIA RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS

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