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O caminho das nuvens / Middle of the world

Directed by: Vicente Amorim.

Cast: Clâaudia Abreu, Wagner Moura, Ravi Ramos Lacerda.

Based on a true story. A man and his family on a journey 2000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycle in search for a good life. DVD;

 

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Carandiru

Directed by: Babenco, Hector.

Cast: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Milton Gonðcalves, Rodrigo Santoro, Marâia Luisa Mendonðca, Caio Blat, Gero Camilo.

Set in São Paulo's House of Detention, locally known as Carandiru. An oncologist arrives at the jail to test patients for HIV infection. Seeing the disease, overcrowding, and rampant circulation of drugs, the doctor comes to realize the internal power structure among the prisoners. Narratives develop, including the attempted murder of Dagger, the solitary confinement of Chico, and the romance between Lady Di and Too Bad. The doctor eventually begins to see the prisoners as survivors. Culminates with a violent conclusion: a dramatization of the October 2, 1992 prison riot known as the Carandiru Massacre, in which 111 prisoners are killed. In Portuguese with optional English, French, Chinese, Korean, or Thai subtitles. DVD.

 

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Central do Brasil / Central station

Directed by: Walter Salles

Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Marâilia Pera, Vinâicius de Oliveira.

When a young boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely, retired school-teacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Cidade de Deus / City of god

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles.

Cast: Jefechander Suplino, Alice Braga, Emerson Gomes, Edson Oliveira, Michel De Souza Gomes, Roberta Rodrigues, Luis Otâavio, Maurâicio Marques, Gustavo Engracia.

The streets of the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's "City of God," are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye: the eye of an artist. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out. In Portuguese with English, French and Spanish subtitles. DVD.

 

 

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Como era gostoso o meu francês / How tasty was my little Frenchman

Directed by: Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Cast: Arduino Colasanti, Ana Maria Magalhäaes, Eduardo Imbassahy Filho, Manfredo Colasanti.

In the coastal wilds of 16th-century Brazil, a French soldier is captured by a tribe of man-eating Indians. In Portuguese, French, and Tupi with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

 

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O homem do ano / Man of the year

Directed by: José Henrique Fonseca.

Cast: Murilo Benâicio, Claudia Abreau, Natâalia Lage, Jorge Dâoria.

Maiquel lost a bet and had to dye his hair blonde. This triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw--all in 24 hours. In Portuguese with English subtitles DVD.

 

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A Hora da estrela / The Hour of the star

Directed by: Suzana Amaral.

Cast: Marcâelia Cartaxo and Josâe Dumont.

A young woman from the countryside of northeast Brazil moves to the sprawling city of San Paolo. Her doomed quest for success amid the desperate poverty around her is tempered by the happiness she finds in her fantasies. In Portuguese with English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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Orfeu negro / Black Orpheus

Directed by: Marcel Camus.

Cast: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Lea Garcia.

Story based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the colorful background of the carnival in Rio de Janiero. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States. In Portuguese with optional English subtitles or dubbed English. DVD.

 

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Pixote

Directed by: Hector Babenco.

Cast: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Marilla Pera, Jorge Juliao, Gilberto Moura, Jose Nilson dos Santos.

A realistic dramatization of the brutal underworld inhabited by Brazil's unwanted children, based on the novel Infancia dos mortos by Jose Louzeiro. In Portuguese; English subtitles. VHS Format.

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