Spotlight on Brazil

Spotlight on Brazil

Spotlight on Brazil is a testament to an auspicious generation of filmmakers—formally daring and evocatively told, their works offer nuanced, intersectional accounts of gender, class, and race in contemporary Brazilian society.

Spotlight on Brazil
  • August Winds


    Gabriel Mascaro • 2014 • Brazil • A lush and haunting portrait of climate change in a fishing town.

    Shirley has recently moved from the city to a remote fishing village in northeastern Brazil, in order to tend to her elderly grandmother. Meanwhile, the waters rise. A researcher ar...

  • Aquarius


    Kleber Mendonça Filho • 2016 • Brazil • Clara refuses to leave her home to make way for a high-rise.

    Clara lives in a low-rise apartment building close to the beach in Recife, a small city in northeast Brazil. Her well-established life is threatened by the arrival of ruthless prop...

  • Casa Grande


    Fellipe Barbosa • 2015 • Brazil • A young man's coming-of-age through an entangled web of class.

    Refracting a young man's coming-of-age through an entangled web of class, race, and gender relations, Casa Grande paints a searing portrait of the hierarchies governing contemporary B...

  • Don't Call Me Son


    Anna Muylaert • 2016 • Brazil • Pierre's world shifts when forced to live with his biological family

    A poetic, provocative portrait of a young man's fluidity, Don't Call Me Son offers a richly layered examination of family, class, and sexuality in contemporary Brazil.

    Living with...

  • Hard Labor


    Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra • 2011 •Brazil • Helena has found the perfect spot for her new store.

    Blending neorealist class critique with elements of subdued horror, Hard Labor dissects both the material and supernatural implications of a middle-class couple slowly succumbing to ...

  • I Touched All Your Stuff


    M. Bühler & M. Mariani • Brazil • 2014 • A riveting true crime story set in a a prison in São Paulo

    A prison in São Paulo, Brazil. Researching criminals for a documentary, two Brazilian directors happen upon Christopher Kirk, an unassuming American with a secret to tell. As they d...

  • Kill Me Please


    Anita Rocha da Silveira • Brazil • 2011 • School girls feel a morbid fascination with local murders.

    Bia, Michele, Mariana and Renata live in an affluent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Considered the cool girls at school, they are both priveleged and neglected by their parents, w...

  • Neon Bull


    Gabriel Mascaro • 2015 • Brazil-Uruguay-Netherlands • A dreamlike journey into Brazil's vaquejada

    Evoking northeast Brazil’s rural traditions alongside dreams of its burgeoning fashion industry, and attuned to the commodification of bodies across species, Neon Bull deconstructs co...

  • Rânia

    Roberta Marques • Brazil • 2011 • An evocative portrait of female adolescence at the margins of society

    Rânia lives with her mother in the slums of Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil. Though she dreams of being a dancer, she has to work hard to survive—after school she juggles multiple jobs, incl...

  • The Moving Creatures


    Caetano Gotardo • 2012 • Brazil • A lyrical omnibus portrait of maternal love and longing in Brazil.

    The Moving Creatures traces patterns of movement and absence, connection and withdrawal, that characterize the uncertain trajectory of a mother's love.

    It's the last day of Pedro'...