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MUBI Special

This summer, MUBI is excited to host a new series dedicated to the best of contemporary Brazilian cinema. Filmmaking in Brazil has undergone many disparate phases, from the French New Wave influenced Cinema Novo—a movement for whom film aesthetics were a political act—to the São Paulo-born underground cinemas of the late 1960s, and all the way through to more recent (Oscar favorites!) Central Station and City of God. In the wake of the country’s modern-day political turmoil, Brazil’s filmmakers have recently been producing strikingly poignant, urgent cinema. With the aim of reflecting the eclectic nature of this recent upsurge, our selection embraces both the world of fiction and of documentary, from up-and-coming voices as well as established masters. Whether through the hypnotic clash between the indigenous and urbanized world as portrayed in The Dead and the Others, the genre-twisting nature of Good Manners, or Landless’ intimate observations of local political activism, these are all works that demonstrate how bold and tactful world cinema can be, remaining conscious of its own past yet still forward-looking.

The Dead and the Others

João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora Brazil, 2018

Our new series on the best of contemporary Brazilian cinema starts off with an immersive, refreshing ethnographic docudrama. Touching on the crucial yet often disorienting chapter of young adolescence, this hypnotic prize-winner offers a sensory outsider’s look at the urbanized world we live in.

Let It Burn

Maíra Bühler Brazil, 2019

This tender portrait of drug users residing in a hostel-turned-social housing project is a tough yet hopeful act of cinematic communion. Deeply devoted to its subjects, but also providing space to bring them closer to each other, Let It Burn absorbs great emotion, culminating in musical release.

Breakwater

Cris Lyra Brazil, 2019

In this collectively made short, Cris Lyra’s intimate gaze records, with minute attention, the bodies and voices of a group of friends as they talk about sexual identity and politics in today’s Brazil. This is affective lesbian cinema, in the vein of Barbara Hammer, where caring and community reign.

Good Manners

Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas Brazil, 2017

Coming tomorrow
New Brazilian Cinema

Springing from an urban legend, this ferociously inventive Brazilian “creature feature” combines sharp social observation and lesbian desire with unsettling fantasy elements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Locarno, Good Manners is a visually exciting and boundary-pushing gem of genre cinema.

Landless

Camila Freitas Brazil, 2019

Coming in 8 days
New Brazilian Cinema

In an occupied land belonging to a sugarcane processing plant, the Landless Workers Movement fights to press the government into making land reform and settling the families encamped. While conservative forces gain more space than ever in the country, encamped people dream of self-determination.

Once There Was Brasilia

Adirley Queirós Brazil, 2017

Coming in 15 days
New Brazilian Cinema

In 1959, disgraced intergalactic agent WA4 receives a mission: to come to the Earth and kill the president Juscelino Kubitschek on the day of Brasília’s inauguration. But his ship is lost in time and lands in 2016 in Ceilândia—a Black suburb of Brasília—on the verge of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

The Fever

Maya Da-Rin Brazil, 2019

Coming in 22 days
New Brazilian Cinema

Justino, a 45-year-old member of the indigenous Desana people, is a security guard at the Manaus harbor. As his daughter prepares to study medicine in Brasilia, Justino comes down with a mysterious fever.

Sedução da Carne

Júlio Bressane Brazil, 2018

Coming in 29 days
New Brazilian Cinema

A delicate and tenacious writer, widowed three years ago, engages in frequent conversations with a parrot. However, she’s always observed by a large portion of raw meat.

Indianara

Aude Chevalier-Beaumel, Marcelo Barbosa Brazil, 2019

Coming in 43 days
New Brazilian Cinema

The invincible nature of modern-day LGBT+ communities is at the heart of this powerful observational doc. Filmed guerrilla-style in the run-up to the election of Brazil’s current president Jair Bolsonaro, Indianara raises urgent questions about the imminent future of those living in the margins.

The Blue Flower of Novalis

Gustavo Vinagre, Rodrigo Carneiro Brazil, 2018

Coming in 50 days
New Brazilian Cinema

Marcelo, a dandy of about 40 years, has an unparalleled memory. Relive familiar memories in your head and have memories of your past lives. In one, it was Novalis, a German poet chasing a blue rose. And in this current life, what does Marcelo persecute?

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