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Music+Film: Brazil

  • Symphony Space 2357 Broadway New York, NY, 10024 United States (map)

Cinema Tropical's popular film series Music+Film: Brazil is back, celebrating one of the world’s most vibrant musical cultures.  Programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano.

(Mauro Lima, Brazil, 2014, 140 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Screening introduced by Denise Dummont, and co-presented with Luaka Bop Records.
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The life and work of Sebastião Rodrigues Maia, aka Tim Maia, a highly creative singer and composer also known for his explosive temper. Tim Maia revolutionized the Brazilian music introducing delicious shots of funk and soul to it. This film recreates his life, from his teen years till the peak of his career, when he scored dozens of top hits and achieved the status of one of the most popular and beloved stars of the Brazilian music scene.

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm


(Axé: Canto do Povo de um Lugar, Chico Kertész, 2016, 107 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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The history of axé music—the popular genre that originated in Salvador, Bahia in the 1980s, fusing different Afro-Caribbean genres, such as marcha, reggae, and calypso—revealed through interviews with Brazilian musical artists; Araketu, Asa de Águia, Banda Mel, Banda Reflexos, Bell Marques, Caetano Veloso, Carlinhos Brown, Chiclete com Banana, Claudia Leitte, Daniela Mercury, É o Tchan/Gera Samba, Gilberto Gil, Ivete Sangalo, Luis Caldas, Marcio Vitor, Netinho, Olodum, Ricardo Chaves, Sarajane, Saulo Fernandes, Psirico, Terrasamba, Timbalada e Xandy.

Sunday,  April 9, 5pm


(Georges Gachot, Brazil, 2014, 82 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Introduced by director George Gachot
Presented with the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

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Seeking to identify the roots of rhythm that merge with Brazilian identity, director Georges Gachot investigates the importance of samba in the lives of so many people. Guided by the singer Martinho da Vila, who tells stories about his career and introduces the director to his samba school, Unidos de Vila Isabel, champion of the carnival in 2013 . With the participation of Mart’nália, Ney Matogrosso, Leci Brandão, Zeca Baleiro, Beth Carvalho and others from the same musical genre.

Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm


(Andrucha Waddington & Mini Kerti, 2015, 120 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Introduced by Béco Dranoff
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Based on André Midani’s autobiography, this feature discusses crucial events in Brazilian music by telling about the life and relationships of this music industry executive who molded amazing careers and made the industry boom in Brazil between 1950 and 2000. His story is told through informal gatherings and jam sessions done at André’s house with artists, intellectuals and journalists who influenced him and who were influenced by him. These gatherings contributed many things, both material and immaterial, to the culture of the country.

Monday,  April 10, 7pm


(Olho Nu, Joel Pizzini, Brazil, 2013, Documentary, 101 min.)
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The life-work of Ney Matogrosso, portrayed through images and sounds with the artist today, archival material home and current performances. The film is a  synthesis of his musical career and the editing of the film evokes scenes and situations of Ney on stage and in everyday life. Avoiding a nostalgic tone, OLHO NU searches for the sensitive human dimension of a character whose history is intertwined with the best of the Latin American songbook. As its name suggests, the film dares to undress the man behind the fame, thus probing the motivations of his art, critical thinking, character and libertarian political ideology that permeates the repertoire of Ney, always guided by coherence and aesthetic quality.

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm