Cinema Tropical's Music + Film Series


Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23 & 24




Following record attendance numbers and critical praise for their second installment last summer, NYC’s premiere Brazilian music and arts festival BRASIL SUMMERFEST, returns July 20-27, 2013 to treat fans to a sampling of some of Brazil’s most dynamic music artists, demonstrating the richness and diversity of the country’s contemporary music scene. The weeklong festival will showcase a diverse array of styles from the traditional rhythms of samba, forro and bossanova to emerging contemporary scenes such as tecnobrega, Brazilian hip hop, indie, among others.For the 2013 Edition BRASIL SUMMERFEST will team up with Cinema Tropical’s popular Janeiro in New York / Music+Film Series to present three documentaries that show the varied styles and subjects of Brazilian music and its affect on the culture.

Tthe series is divided into two evenings that each represent completely different genres of Brazilian music: Brega (translated as cheesy) is the subject of the first evening’s two films. Vou Rifar Meu Coracão tells the story of this popular sentimental style of song through its composers, singers and loyal audience. The second film of the evening is Waldick, Sempre no Meu Coração, a documentary about Waldick Soriano, a laborer form the North East who becomes a star of this genre in the ‘60s.

The second evening’s film, Jorge Mautner / O Filho do Holocausto, portrays the opposite side of the coin of Brazilian music. Its subject is the intellectual artist/writer Jorge Mautner, whose worked is credited as shaping the Brazilian counter-culture in the 70’s and influencing the emergence of Tropicália.

Programmed by Béco Dranoff and Mary Jane Marcasiano.

FREE ADMISSION / All films in Portuguese with English subtitles

All screenings at:

Jazz Performance Space at New School University
55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor


Brasil Summerfest is a new music and arts festival launched in July 2011. The festival aims to showcase the richness and diversity of Brazil’s music scene with a special focus on contemporary artists. This includes traditional styles of samba, forro, bossanova, maracatu as well as new emerging ones such as novo-tropicalia, manguebeat, hip hop, indie and baile-funk. This weeklong festival was founded and curated by Petrit Pula, the GM of Nublu, the club and record label outpost in the East Village and co-curated by Erika Elliott, the Artistic Director at Central Park Summerstage and music producer Beco Dranoff. Each year, the festival presents a series of events in New York City in the month of July at high profile venues in including Central Park Summerstage, City Winery, Nublu, MoMA, Drom and S.O.B.s.




Tuesday, July 23, 7:15pm
Directed by Patricia Pillar  | Brazil, 2007, 58 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles

Directed by actress Patrícia Pillar, Waldick, sempre no meu coração tells the story of the amazing career trajectory of Brega star Waldick Soriano, whose own life story reflects this popular genre of his music. Soriano was born in Bahia, where he lived and worked as a truck driver, prospector and manual laborer until he was 25. After moving to São Paulo in 1959, his first album was issued in 1960 and his style of dramatic, sentimental songs made him a star in Brazil.


Tuesday, July 23, 8:45pm
Directed by Ana Rieper | Brazil, 2011, 78 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles

I’ll Raffle off my Heart uses Brazilian sentimental and erotic imaginary based on the works of the most important composers of popular romantic music, a genre known as brega (cheesy). These songs create a true chronicle of romantic practices and the themes of the songs are very closely connected to the romantic dramas and experiences of real people who talk about their lives in this film. In addition to these individuals that open their hearts and tell their stories, the documentary also presents the composers and singers Agnaldo Timoteo, Amado Batista, Lindomar Castilho, Nelson Ned and Rodrigo Mell, from the new generation of brega music.


Wednesday, July 24, 7:15pm
Directed by Pedro Bial, Heitor D'Alincourt | Brazil, 2012, 93 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles

Jorge Mautner - The Son of the Holocaust is not a documentary, it is an essay on the life of this artist who, in the 20th century, built the Brazilian culture of the 21st century. A visionary who foresaw and transformed into reality the exuberant future landscape of Brazilian music and culture, Mautner is better understood after this film which begins as a portrait of the artist as a young man and goes on to reveal the complexity of this life as a musician, poet, pop star and one of the most important philosophers of his generation.






Presented in association with 92YTribeca  

Cinema Tropical's "Music + Film Series" celebrates Carnegie Hall’s upcoming concert series Voices from Latin America with screenings of documentaries that honor the best of Latin American music and its rich diversity and legacy. The music and cultures of Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina will be represented through the work of iconic artists from each country.

Presented as part of Voices from Latin America (November 8 – December 11). This citywide festival, organized by Carnegie Hall, pays tribute to a region whose vibrant culture has influenced people around the world. With more than 60 events, the festival features music, dance, film, art, photography, and more. Voices from Latin America includes four weeks of events and exhibitions at Carnegie Hall and partner organizations throughout the city.


Thursday, November 15, 7pm
Directed by Beto Gómez | Mexico, 2005, 100 min. In Spanish with English subtitles

A declaration of love to Mexico and its cultural roots through the women who gave their voices and essence to Mexican music. This endearing documentary features the legendary Chavela Vargas, along with Lila Downs, Astrid Hadad, Eugenia Leon, La Negra Graciana, Iraida Noriega and Chayito Valdéz, all of who share their intimacies, memories of their lives, their pain and feelings, and above all, their music. Co-presented with Mexico Now Festival.










Thursday, November 29, 7pm

Directed by Miguel Kohan | Argentina/Brazil, 2008, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NEW YORK PREMIERE.

Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaollala (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) takes us on a journey into the heart of Argentina’s world famous tango, introducing veterans from the golden age of the ’40s and ’50s as they prepare for a memorable concert at Buenos Aires’ renowned Teatro Colón.








Thursday, December 6, 7pm & 9pm

Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Brazil, 2011, 88 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles

Composer/performer Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim introduced Brazil and bossa nova to the world with “The Girl from Ipanema." He went on to write literally dozens of classic songs recorded by the international royalty of pop music. Legendary Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos has now created this loving, tuneful tribute to Jobim, featuring extraordinary renditions of Jobim standards by artists ranging from Judy Garland, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque and Lisa Ono. A veritable carnival of musical styles and approaches, all celebrating the unique artistry of Tom Jobim. — New York Film Festival.










Thursday, December 13, 7pm
Directed by Fernando Trueba | US, 2000, 105 min. In Spanish with English subtitles

From the director of Chico and Rita, Calle 54 is a 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz. With only minimal introductory voiceovers, the film consists of studio performances by a wide array of Latin Jazz musicians. Artists featured include Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Cachao, Eliane Elias, Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Chano Domínguez, Jerry Gonzalez and Michel Camilo. The film takes its name from Sony Music Studios, where much of the film was shot, which was located on 54th Street in New York City.









All screenings at:


200 Hudson Street (at Canal Street)
(212) 601-1000 /

This program is made possible with the support of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York



Tuesday, July 10, 7pm

Directed by Rachel Lears
, US/Uruguay, 2010, 52min. In Spanish with English subtitles

Official Website

Birds of Passage presents a lyrical journey through the everyday lives of two young Uruguayan songwriters. Ernesto Díaz and Yisela Sosa have moved to the capital, leaving behind their respective hometowns on the borders of Brazil and Argentina. After many years of composing songs that reflect their origins, both decide to explore new horizons and each seeks to fulfill the dream of recording a first album.

While Yisela struggles to reconcile the emerging possibilities of a career in Uruguay with her plans to move to Argentina, Ernesto confronts personal conflicts that threaten to sabotage his creative passion.

The film fuses the arts of documentary film and music, interweaving the songs and stories of these two young composers. With vérité cinematography and an unforgettable soundtrack, Birds of Passage explores the challenges of being a young artist and the art of searching, inside and outside of oneself.

Following the screening, Ernesto Díaz and Yisela Sosa will perform live in the cafe.










All screenings at:


200 Hudson Street (at Canal Street)
(212) 601-1000 /