Brazil

Translating as “Maputo, I Love You”, Brazilian filmmaker Ariadine Zampaulo’s hybrid cine-poem stiches together elements of documentary, fabulation, performance, and soundscape to produce a polyphonic portrait of Mozambique’s capital city. Her camera beautifully captures the flow and rhythms of urban life unfolding over the course of a single day: Revellers spill from nightclubs as workers board commuter trains; tourists and joggers vie for position in the city’s ancient streets; and a local radio station announces the disappearance of a bride.

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60 mins

Noon

(Meio-Dia)

Noon is the first fiction film from Helena Solberg, a pioneer and rare feminist presence in the Cinema Novo movement in Brazil in the 1960s. Made during one of the most socially and politically repressive moments of the Brazilian military dictatorship, the film portrays the uprising of a group of children at their day school. It can be read as an allegory for the tensions building among the population and a rejection of the unliveable conditions experienced by communities under oppression.

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11 mins

The Interview

(A Entrevista)

Filmed in 1964, the year that marked the beginning of the military coup in Brazil, The Interview is a documentary that condenses the aspirations of a generation and society in continuous transformation. Crafted from interviews with young women, Solberg (re)constructs the conventional, idealised profile of Brazilian women – working through imposed ideas around marriage, sex, happiness, work, and social roles. Her unapologetically feminist lens emphasises women’s agency in society as well as in cinema as active protagonists, whether filming, producing, or acting.

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20 mins

Acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker Helena Solberg’s feature documentary From the Ashes: Nicaragua Today brings a multi-layered feminist perspective to a political and societal portrait of the country following the 1979 insurrection that overthrew the Somoza dictatorship. Weaving together archive footage, newsreel, and interviews, the film grounds political and military complexities – including the role of the U.S. – firmly and rigorously in the human realities of the moment, exploring the revolution’s impact on issues such as the national literacy campaign, the changing relations between the sexes, and the social activist role of the church.

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60 mins

Desterro

(Desterro)

Laura and Israël are a couple in their mid-thirties who are almost entirely linked to life and each other by their five-year-old son, Lucas. As the days go by, they fulfil their roles as partners, parents and adults in contemporary Brazil. But is there a way out of alienation?

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123 mins

Disaster Film

(Filme-catástrofe)

‘Angélica needs to change her lock.’ Offering shelter from the storm, this is a film for precarious times. Gustavo Vinagre Alves’ films succeed where many fail, allowing the full complexity of politics, art and artifice to synthesise and synergise through deceptively straightforward narrative and documentary forms. Flying in the face of tragedy and hypocrisy, Filme-catástrofe is erotically charged and full of love.

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19 mins

7FF on¢idia

(7FF on¢idia)

“In ancient China the tiger skin represented ‘continuous change’. In the Maya’s world, Bolom Chon’s (jaguar) hide, allowed the constellations to be read: the cosmos’ dance.” Ж

In 7FF on¢idia Rio de Janeiro FIFA World Cup mascot Fuleco becomes a cipher for the mutation of indigenous people’s symbols through public art and commerce, becoming viral. Other fluxes alluded to are the surplus value of code through a world of commodities, bit coins and mountains of data. 7FF on¢idia ushers us into encounters which are fleeting and leave questions unanswered—all the more reason to watch again.

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8 mins

You Are Seeing Things

(Estás vendo coisas)

It is all a dream” she sings, “a hallucination. You are seeing things… estás vendo coisas!” In Estás vendo coisas (You Are Seeing Things), two protagonists of the ‘tecno brega’ music scene stage a musical in which they appear as the stars.

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17 mins

Bye bye Deutschland! Eine Lebensmelodie follows the life of a couple of singers from Münster who became known for covering the most prominent voices of distinct eras of Schlager music. While Markus got recognition through youtube tributes to Udo Jürgens (known for introducing French Chanson in 1970s Schlager) Steffi often performs the repertoire of Helene Fischer, a contemporary Schlager icon who opened the genre to a Global Pop standard. Combining the conventions of direct Cinema and Musical, the film approaches the rebirth of an industry that, in the public image, is often associated to a collective day-dreaming of foreign lands, simple texts with nationalist imaginary or heavy duty sentimentalism. Schlager as a music genre is as hard to define as it is unproductive to simplify the contexts in which it has been produced over the last 50 years. Today it divides opinions and touches both those who love it and those who don’t.

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22 mins