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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS FROM BRAZIL
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HOUSE OF SAND

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
Inspired by Woman of the Dunes, this epic tale of love and loss follows the fate of three generations of headstrong women who all, at some point, lived in the same desert house full of sand. Waddington does a masterful job of showing time's punishing clock. Starring Fernanda Montenegro (Best Actress Winner TFF 2004) and Fernanda Torres. A Sony Pictures Classics release. | Read More
Drama
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NELSON FREIRE

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
Brazilian Nelson Freire is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of piano -- his mastery rivals Rachmaninov, Cortot, Hofmann, Rubinstein, and Gould. This marvelous documentary by Joao Moreira Salles, brother of renowned filmmaker Walter Salles, is a lovely portrait of a supremely talented but unusually private and humble man. | Read More
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ONLY WHEN I DANCE

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Directed By: Beadie Finzi
  • Country: U.K. and Brazil
Two teenage ballet dancers from the working-class favelas of Rio are determined to dance their way to a better life, but to do so they must grow up against harsh prejudice, doubt, and some of the best dancers in the world. This inspiring doc trails their path to beat the odds and follow their dream of making it in the elite world of professional ballet. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
Regina is a 65-year-old woman who passes her time working as a volunteer informant for the Copacabana police. One night she spies a man apparently murdering his wife through lethal injection. When the police decline to investigate, Regina takes up the case herself, and soon becomes romantically entangled with her prime suspect. Featuring a tour de force performance by Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station). | Read More
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PLAYING

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Directed By: Eduardo Coutinho
  • Country: Brazil
One of Brazil's most respected documentary filmmakers invited two dozen women to be filmed as they told their life stories. Months later, he filmed a group of actresses as they reenacted the same stories. The result couldn't be simpler-or more inexplicably magical! | Read More
Documentary
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PRISONER OF THE IRON BARS - SELF PORTRAITS

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
This extraordinary first documentary about Sao Paulo's infamous prison starts where Hector Babenco's fictional Carandiru (also in the Festival) leaves off. Through a workshop at which video cameras were given to inmates, Sacramento pushes the boundaries of the genre in delivering a convincing and coherent film -- reality and cinema are rarely paired with such humanity and originality. | Read More
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REACHING FOR THE MOON

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Directed By: Bruno Barreto
  • Country: Brazil
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it. | Read More
Drama and Relationships
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XINGU

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Cao Hamburger
  • Country: Brazil
Brazil, 1943. Three brothers on an expedition into the feral center of the country encounter a village of Xingu Indians. Allured by the rich indigenous culture, the brothers take a bold stand against corrupt national forces and make protecting the Xingu their lives' work. With wild, breathtaking visuals and atmospheric music, TFF alum Cao Hamburger conveys a distinct vision of Brazil while finding a universally resonant message in his protagonists' revolutionary vision. | Read More
Drama
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