WINTER / SPRING 2010
Based on the popular acclaim of the Cinema Tropical's Music + Film Series, Cinema Tropical and 92YTribeca continue their ongoing tribute to the diversity and influence of Brazilian music, presenting New York audiences to a variety of different themes in Brazilian music and culture through cinema.
The new season of the Cinema Tropical Music+Film Series: Janeiro in New York presents four thrilling feature documentaries presenting different takes on various music genres and musicians. From the celebrated and lively samba to the tragic life of the great Afro-Brazilian star Simonal, this film series continues to explore the richness of the music from the South American country.
Simonal - No One Knows How Tough it Was directed by Claudio Manoel, Micael Langer and Calvito Leal tells the political and personal story of the fall from grace of one of Brazil's biggest stars during the dictatorship era and Paulo Henrique Fontenelle's film Loki -Arnaldo Baptista "focuses on another notorious musician of the 60's, the leader of the world famous band " Os Mutantes."
Helena Solberg's film The Enchanted Word is a reflection on how popular music is an unexpected vehicle for poetry and literature in Brazil, a country with a strong oral tradition while The Mystery of Sambadirected by Carolina Jabor and Lula Buarque de Hollanda pays homage to the "Velha Guarda" founding members of Portela, one of Rio's most famous samba schools.
Celebrating the best of Brazilian music these four films feature musical appearances from Marisa Monte, Paulinho da Viola, Zeca Pagodinho, Tom Zé, Gilberto Gil, Adriana Calcanhotto, Arnaldo Antunes, Chico Buarque, Lenine, Maria Bethânia, Martinho da Vila and in addition the series will present live music performances by Brazilian artists, following the screenings.