As part of Reverse Shot 15: Filmmakers on the Rise, this double-feature program pairs two films by Brazilian director Adirley Queirós.
WHITE OUT, BLACK IN
(Adirley Queirós. 2014, 90 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
With Marquim do Tropa, Dilmar Durães.
One night in 1986, a baile funk club in a poorer district adjacent to Brazil’s capital city was raided by police and forcibly shut down. White patrons of the predominantly black club were allowed to exit, and the police assaulted those who remained. Adirley Queirós investigates this event by boldly layering sci-fi tropes on top of documentary evidence in the form of a time traveler from 2075 sent to follow two real-life men crippled by the attack.
Saturday, December 8, 5pm
ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA
(Adirley Queirós. 2017, 100 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
With Wellington Abreu, Andreia Vieira.
In Once There Was Brasilia, Queirós maintains a toehold in nonfiction filmmaking, but in most other respects rockets off into the galactic cinematic beyond. Where his previous film, White Out, Black In, might be broadly categorized as a docu-fiction (albeit of a mutated strand), Once There Was Brasilia is a sci-fi epic about assassins from space and the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, all executed with fantastic resourcefulness on a shoestring budget.
Saturday, December 8, 6:30pm
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.