Cinema

Do you remember Dino Thomas, a character in the Harry Potter saga? One of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s fellow classmates, the young Gryffindor scholar has a significant part to play in the Potterverse, being an integral member of Dumbledore’s Army and participating in the Battle of Hogwarts against the Death Eaters, helping to defeat Voldemort. He also dates Gina Weasley, Ron’s sister, who is a brief love-interest of Harry’s. What you perhaps didn’t know is that the actor who plays Dino in the films, Alfie Enoch, has dual nationality. Yep, he’s British-Brazilian! Despite being born in England like his father,…

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The Embassy of Brazil in London presents next Wednesday Alê Abreu’s Oscar nominated animation Boy and the World – a cautionary tale about globalization that illustrates issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child.  The story is about a young boy setting off on a fantastical journey in search of his disappeared father. Despite his family’s poverty, young Cuca lives a satisfying life, full of wonder at his rural surroundings, until his father goes on a train trip and disappears. While searching for his father, Cuca meets a wide variety of people as he journeys from a farming camp to the…

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Be assured- there are no real vampires in this chain of haiku-like stories! Nelsinho, a sleazy guy, a scoundrel, obsessively pursues different women in each story-chapter. The accounts of women’s lives, mores and challenges evoke pictures of hell… One of the best-known masterpieces by a recluse author, who does not give interviews and continues to be a read voraciously! Membership of the Brazilian Bilingual Book Club is free but, please, confirm attendance: nadia.kerecuk@itamaraty.gov.br 141 What: The vampire of Curitiba and other stories (O Vampiro de Curitiba – 1965, DALTON TREVISAN) When: 16 March Where: Embassy of Brazil in London –…

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With a Brazilian cast a crew, filmed in Londrina in the South of Brazil and spoken in Portuguese, the film My One and Only (Laura) is an adaptation of a BBC play, written by the British playwright Dawn King. The theme is today’s obsession with constant communication. Laura ends her relationship with her married lover, Ben, and goes on a date with Noah, who she met on an online relationship website. As the story unwinds we observe how the virtual world can conceal unexpected dangers, with things often turning out badly for everyone involved. After the film’s showing, the Director…

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The plot of the film “A wolf at the door”– which is the debut offering from fledgling Brazilian Director Fernando Coimbra – takes its inspiration from the dramatic real-life story of the ‘Beast of Penha’, a kidnapper who shocked Brazil in 1960. Sylvia’s (Fabíola Nascimento) six-year-old daughter is taken from school by an unknown woman and the police, in an effort to find out as much as possible about the case, call in her husband Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz) to be interviewed as a suspect. He confesses that he is having an affair with Rosa (Leandra Leal), who quickly becomes the…

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Cineclub Brazil, organised by the Embassy of Brazil in London, is promoting its second screening of January. The film My Sweet Orange Tree is a reinterpretation of a classic of Brazilian children’s literature, popular among generations of Brazilian children. Directed by Marcos Bernstein, the film sees the bright and imaginative side of a tough life, looking into how children think about death. The story is based on the hard, poor life of Zezé, a bad boy who often escapes into his own imagination to find a way out from his problems. He finds friendship with Minguinho, an orange tree who…

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The Embassy of Brazil in London will present Sandra Kogut’s documentary film The Hungarian Passport Speaking on the phone with someone from the Hungarian Consulate, the filmmaker asks: “Do you think someone whose Grandfather is Hungarian has the right to a Hungarian passport?” The question seems to come as a surprise to the person on the other end of the phone. “Yes. It’s possible…but, why do you want a Hungarian passport?” Kogut requests a list of the documents that she would need to attain for the passport, but the consulate worker still doesn’t quite get why she would want to…

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The Embassy of Brazil in London presents the film The Middle of the World, from director Vicente Amorim. The film stars Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) and Cláudia Abreu as a couple with five children making a 3,200 kilometres (2,000 miles) bicycle trip from the state of Paraíba to the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is based on the true story of former truck driver Cícero Ferreira Dias. This screening is a partnership with Caipirinha Club in London (monthly gathering to practice/learn the Portuguese language). An exciting movie and worth watching, so do not miss this chance! When: 16 November Time: 7 pm Where: Embassy of Brazil in London More information:…

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The film “Cinema, aspirins and vultures” will be shown at the next meeting of the Cineclub at the Embassy of Brazil in London. Directed by Marcelo Gomes, the story takes place in the North-eastern sertão region, in 1942, and tells the tale of Johan, a German on the run from the war, who finds himself working as an aspirin salesman in the countryside of the Brazilian Northeast. Driving his truck around the highways of the region, he meets Ranulpho, who is trying to make his way south to Rio, in search of work. The pair’s chance encounter proves to be…

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Returning to work at a psychiatric hospital in a Rio suburb after a spell behind bars, doctor Nise (Glória Pires) looks into a new form of treatment for schizophrenic patients, which is not reliant on electric shocks and lobotomies. Her colleagues aren’t convinced and discredit her work, forcing her to change approach. Heading up the Occupational Therapy Department, she once more develops a new and unconventional treatment method, based on love and art. The film is directed by Roberto Berliner.   When: 26 October, 6:30pm Where: Embassy of Brazil in London Please be so kind as to confirm your presence,…

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