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Brazil My Love – Movie Review

By David S. Robert

  1 Word of the day: Colorful

I only got introduced to the colorful Brazilian culture last year. Not only I made friends with fellow Brazilian students at the schoolbut also had an opportunity to watch Brazilian films at the 7th Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival – LABRFF. This is when I realized that the Brazilian culture is similar to mine, the Indian culture. We are vibrant, colorful, have differences and yet learn to co-exist.It felt like our cultures have a lot in common.This year, I had made it a point to watch as many Brazilian films as I could at the festival . And I’m glad I did.
Poster by Artist Jabu
Poster by Artist Jabu

Brazil My Love truly was hard hitting. This was straight into our face. While watching the film, I put myself into one of the characters’s life.  It is not for faint hearts or those who want to mask their existence in hypocrisy.  This film is honest, brutal and leaves us with an introspection of how we are dealing with our identity crisis as foreigners living in America.I can relate with these feelings of anger and resentment. Also the fact that I’m a lot more content living in the States.

Picture By Ana Silvani
Picture by Ana Silvani

The director of the film uses open argument, anger, bitterness and sex as an analogy to bare open the Brazilian spirit to the naked truths which confront them every single day. Who are we? American?Brazilian? Brazilian American or American Brazilian?

Both men and women have similar and conflicting perspectives. They agree and agree to disagree, and some stick to their own contradictions. The dialogues are natural. You can feel that they are coming out of the Brazilian gut. It really meant a lot to me. It made me think. All my life I felt like a western spirit trapped in a eastern body. Most importantly dealing with all the hypocrisy, corruption and external conflict has never been easy.

One of the characters points out about the basic etiquette which Brazilians
often tend to ignore. The lack of respect for privacy is another thing. And
like many foreigners in this country, we are also the targets to discrimination and stereotypes. 

I highly recommend the producers and the director and the entire team who stood up to tell this story. It’s a burning and universal issue to anyone who either moved from their home country or were born here in America.
The actors played out well. They are believable and they bare open their
 insecurities to this vulnerable and sensitive topic of the geographic identity crisis.

A must watch if you want to go the path of self discovery.
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Estreia hoje, o documentário “Jia Zhang-ke, um homem de Fenyang” dirigido por Walter Salles.

Por Bianca Dubeux Nin

1 Word of the day: Art

“Walter Salles apaixonado pelo cinema de Jia Zhang -ke, realiza um filme de amor pela sétima arte” (Quinlan, Italia).

O cineasta brasileiro Walter Salles lança o documentário “Jia Zhang-ke, um homem de Fenyang”, sobre o cineasta chines pouco conhecido pelo grande público, devido ao seu maior envolvimento ao circuito de festivais. O diretor de “Central do  Brasil”, “Diários de Uma Motocicleta” e “Na Estrada” expressa através de seus olhos cinematográficos a vida e obra de Jia Zhang-ke, responsável pelos premiados “Um Toque de Pecado” e “Em Busca da Vida”. O longa também abrange reflexões sobre a transformação da sociedade chinesa, revolução cultural e globalização.image001

O documentário irá despertar o interesse da filmografia do diretor chinês, relembrando vários momentos marcantes de suas obras. O longa de Salles debate a importância da trilha sonora nos filmes e ainda escuta atores que trabalharam com Jia com destaque para Zhao Thao.

“Jia Zhang-ke, um homem de Fenyang”, dirigido por Walter Salles, estreia hoje, dia 3 de setembro em no Rio de Janeiro e em São Paulo, e na quinta seguinte, dia 10, entra em cartaz em Porto Alegre, Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Salvador, Fortaleza e Recife.Hoje no Rio de Janeiro, haverá uma sessão do documentário e debate com Walter Salles  às 20h no Espaço Itaú Cinemas, na Praia de Botafogo com entrada gratuita para estudantes devidamente identificados. A gratuidade está sujeita à lotação da sala. E o Instituto Moreira Salles, que também exibirá o documentário, fará a Semana Jia Zhang-ke com os filmes de Zhang-ke. “Plataforma”, “Em Busca da Vida” e “Um Toque de Pecado”.

Produzido pela VideoFilmes, Jia Zhang-ke, um Homem de Fenyang estreou mundialmente na Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo de 2014, onde Salles destacou que o filme é “uma homenagem de um cinéfilo apaixonado”. O documentário também foi exibido na Mostra Panorama do Festival de Berlim de 2015 e será exibido no Festival Internacional de San Sebastian na Mostra Zalbategi.